Contracts

Dear Honors Student:

Congratulations on taking the first step to completing your Honors Contract! Before you upload your project proposal, please take time to review the requirements to earn Honors credit in your Honors discipline course.

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In order to earn Honors credit in an Honors discipline course, the student is required to write a project proposal for his/her Honors discipline course. The project proposal becomes Part I of the student’s Honors Contract.

Please note that if the student is enrolled in HON100 or HON200, the project proposal is also part of the honors seminar course in which the student is enrolled. 

To earn Honors credit, the student will:

  • Demonstrate integrity, fairness and human dignity in all levels of academic activities and refrain from plagiarism and dishonesty
  • Submit a link to his/her e-portfolio to the Director of Honors by the end of the semester
  • Select his/her topic. The project will allow an in-depth study of a topic related to at least one of the competencies of the class. The topic should be of special interest to the student 
  • Write a proposal outlining his/her proposed project
  • Present the proposal to the faculty member who must approve or offer suggestions for revision
  • Present a timeline to the faculty member, who in turn, should review it with the student
  • Sign his/her contractual agreement with the instructor
  • Send the contract to the Director of the Honors Program
  • Complete the project requirements in the Honors Contract as outlined by the Honors faculty, meeting all deadlines.
  • Complete the requirements below as part of the honors seminar course in which the student is enrolled concurrently (HON 100 or HON 200) if applicable during the semester. Students who are not enrolled in HON100 or HON200 will submit the requirements below to a designated member of the Honors staff.
    • Keep a double-entry journal.
      Submit a double-entry journal: one part objective using the journalist’s questions—who, what, where, when, etc.; one part a subjective reflection of that meeting. The journal must be written in paragraph format, exploring the ideas discussed, the questions raised, and the challenges encountered. A minimum of three double-entry journal submissions are required, submitted to the Seminar instructor if applicable. If a student is not enrolled in an Honors seminar, the student will email their double-entry journals to the Director of the Honors Program or the Honors Coordinator on their campus. The student will be contacted by the person who will be collecting their journals.
    • At the conclusion of the semester, write a reflective essay addressing the four questions below.
      1. How has completing this Honors-Option Contract impacted you as a learner? Address the following:
        • Critical thinking
        • Observational, written, and oral skills
        • Independent thinking and problem solving
        • In-depth perspective of a specific discipline
      2. How will you incorporate this learning into your future academic endeavors?
      3. What unexpected challenges did you encounter as you completed your Honors Option Contract?
      4. What suggestions do you have for future Honors students who might be doing a similar contract?

 

Please note: It is the student's obligation to fulfill the requirements of the course to receive Honors credit.

When you understand the requirements to earn Honors credit in an Honors discipline course and you are ready to submit the description of your Honors Project proposal, which is Part I of your Honors contract, please click the button below.

Important:​ 
Write PART I in a Word document, then cut and paste it into your online contract.
Do not compose Part I online; the software times out after a few minutes.

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