Honors course contracts take a variety of forms, appropriate to individual course content and the discipline in which the course is taught. While we believe that faculty are in the best position to determine that the amount and level of work in a particular contract constitutes Honors quality, we are available to answer questions and help faculty through this process.
Sample Honors Contract Projects
This is far from an exhaustive list of all possible projects that might earn Honors credit by contract. We hope it serves as a range of examples to help faculty and students think about possible options that best serve individual students’ needs, strengths, and goals. To earn Honors credit via a contract, the student might:
- Prepare an in-depth critical term paper on a topic relevant to the course.
- Compose a review or a critical essay on a book or articles selected by the faculty member on a relevant topic chosen by the student. For example, such a review might expose the student to a particular critical lens related to the course’s discipline or to complex issues that build upon the course’s curriculum.
- Become involved in the professor’s research in limited, yet significant ways.
- Prepare a series of in-class presentation on topics that expand upon the course’s primary content.
- Present a formal seminar related to the course materials, open to the department offering the course.
- Design computer aids to classroom instruction, a website, an app, or similar related to the course content, if the student is technologically proficient.
- Present on a topic related to the course at local elementary, middle, or secondary schools, to afterschool program, boy/girl scout troops, etc.
- Prepare and present research at a regional undergraduate conference.
- Attend departmental colloquia or presentations by faculty or advanced graduate students and write an evaluative summary of the presentations, drawing connections to course materials.
- Complete problem sets relevant to the course that are more difficult or thought provoking and which delve more deeply into the course’s material than the regular class meetings and assignments.
- Extend the scope of laboratory assignment(s) associated with the course to explore areas not covered in the regular course section.
- Prepare a creative project that reflects the nature of the class, drawing on skills from the fine or performing arts.
- Collect, analyze, and interpret data beyond the parameters of the regular class section.