Taking a Regular Course for Honors Credit
- Find options for qualifying; you only need one to qualify. Check the Guidelines below.
- Select a course that you are currently enrolled in and ask the professor if he or she will work with you on an Honors contract in the course.
- Decide with your professor what the project will be – a research paper (minimum of ten pages plus documentation) or service learning, art, or music applied some way to course content or a lab experiment, etc. All Honors work has a written research component. The length will be determined in the response to the student’s Honors Contract proposal. The project cannot be an enlargement on a class assignment, and it must be directly related to the course’s content. The grade on the project is not averaged into the course grade; the project, if it is a B or higher and the course grade a B or higher, will give you Honors on your transcript for the course.
- Fill out the Contract Form and submit a hard copy, signed by you and your professor, to Kate Martin, North 207, or Cindy Pavlos, North 204.
Guidelines for Honors Contracts in Regular Courses
- The student and the instructor should collaboratively develop the Honors contract proposal.
- Complete the Contract Form
- Turn in a typed, signed copy of the contract to the Honors Program Coordinator.
- The Honors Coordinator and the academic Vice President will review all submitted contracts and suggest any changes or modifications needed to maintain the standards and integrity of Honors recognition.
- All accepted students shall have access to the Honors Center for the purposes of reading, researching, and organizing their projects as well as working with other Honors students.
- If a student fails to progress, the instructor has the right to drop the Honors contract option. If the option is dropped, please notify by e-mail the Honors Program Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- If a student wishes to drop an Honors option, please notify the course instructor and the Honors Program Coordinator: email@example.com.
- To achieve Honors recognition, you must earn a grade of B or higher on both the course grade and the Honors contract project.
Note: The Honors Contract work is not considered when determining the student's final grade in the course; rather, it provides the course with honors status.
Responsibilities for Instructors and Students
- Instructors work with the students on the contracts for a project in a regular course. Before the instructor signs the contract, make certain that it is written incomplete sentences and that it is free of errors.
- Submit the contract by the due date.
- Instructors and students should expect to collaborate on a regular basis, an average of once every two weeks.
- The student submits the abstract for the program for the Honors Reception by the due date for the given semester.
- The student picks up a poster board by the due date. (Posters are virtual for Fall 2020)
- The student must present his or her poster board at the semester Honors reception. (Fall 2020 reception will be virtual.)
- In order for the Honors designation to appear on the student’s transcript, a clean, revised, graded copy of the Honors project must be on file in the Honors Permanent File.
- Students and instructors must honor the published schedule.
- Students are encouraged to use the Honors Center. Honors work provides students the opportunity to learn independently and present their work to an audience in a scholarly manner. Faculty mentors guide students in their individual search for excellence in scholarship.