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 the amount and level of work needed to meet the needs of an Honors contract, we are available to answer questions and help faculty through this process.
Sample Honors Contract Projects
These are examples to help faculty and students think about possible contracts. The primary goal for a contract should be to promote critical thinking and creativity, and demonstrate synthesis beyond the material presented in the class. The contract must include interactions with the instructor as you work on the contract, as we feel these interactions are a key benefit of a contract.
- Prepare a critical essay on a book selected by the instructor. Discuss your essay with the professor, have at least one draft reviewed by the instructor.
- Become involved in the professor’s research.
- Prepare a presentation for the class on a topic that expands upon the course’s primary content. Discuss the topic and presentation with the instructor.
- Design computer aids to classroom instruction, a website, an app, or similar related to the course content. Work closely with the professor during the development of the project.
- Assist the instructor with an outreach project by working with them to design a presentation for local K-12 schools, afterschool program, boy/girl scout troops, etc.
- Arrange to attend a departmental colloquia or presentations by faculty or advanced graduate students and write an evaluative summary of the presentations, drawing connections to course materials. Disuss your essay with the course instructor.
- Meet as a group with the professor for interesting debate and discussion on topics related to the course.
- Under the guidance of the professor or graduate teaching assistant, expand the scope of laboratory assignment(s) associated with the course.
- Prepare a creative project that reflects the nature of the class, drawing on skills from the fine or performing arts. Discuss your work with the instructor as it develops.
- Prepare an in-depth critical term paper on a topic relevant to the course. Discuss the topic with the professor, and have at least one draft is reviewed by the instructor.