Starting an Honors Contract
There are four steps you need to complete when initiating an honors contract.
- Consult with your departmental academic advisor about courses that you might wish to contract for honors credit.
- Pick-up an Honors Contract Proposal Form in the Honors Academy office (160 Floyd Hall).
- Meet with the course instructor to discuss if and how the course requirements could be modified to receive honors credit. This meeting should occur within the first week of the semester.
- Return the completed form to the Honors Academy office.
Completing An Honors Contract
Most important, complete the work descrribed in your proposal! Meet with your course instructor regularly to ensure that you are staying on track. If something occurs during the semester that will force you to be unable to complete the contract, see your instructor as soon as possible! Once you have discussed the situation with the instructor, inform the Honors Academy office.
At the end of the semester, the Honors Academy office will email your instructor to confirm that you completed the contract. If you completed the contract, the Honors Academy office will ask the registrar to list your course as honors!
Examples of Honors Contracts
Listed below are examples of past honors contracts from several majors. They are listed to give you a sense of the variety of activities that can be included in contracts. Use your own creativity and your faculty mentor's guidance to create contracts that are tailored to your currrent interests and long-term goals!
Student's major: English Education
Course: ENGL 310 - Poetry Writing
Contract: Creating poetry-related exercises for an AP Literature class that the student was teaching at a local high school.
Student's Major: Theatre
Course: THEA 430 - Theatre Design IV
Contract: Researched a set designer and a costume designer and then replicated a work from each.
Student's Major: Nursing
Course: NURS 360 - Pharmacology
Contract: Researched the herbal therapy "white thistle" and wrote a paper describing the mechanisms of action and pharmacodynamic.
Student's Major: Psychology
Course: PSYC 317 - Child Psychology
Contract: Designed an unconventional therapy program for children with physical, cognitive, or emotional challenges.
Student's Major: Criminal Justice
Course: CRJU 410 - Juvenile Justice
Contract: Observed juvenile court in Pulaski County and wrote paper responding to targeted questions about the proceedings.
Student's major: Communication Sciences and Disorders
Course: COSD 315 - Language Science and Technology
Contract: Designed, implemented, and evaluated an alternative communication system. Simulated use of the system that required a 15 minute conversation during which student could NOT nod/shake head, gesture, use eye gaze, or speak/vocalize.
Student's Major: Biology
Course: BIOL 460 - Advanced Seminar in Biology
Contract: Constructed an on-line dichotomous key - designed for the general public - to identify the flowering trees, shrubs, and plants of Wildflower Park in Radford.
Student's Major: Chemistry
Course: CHEM 301 - Organic Chemistry
Contract: Determined potential ethanol content (for biofuel source) by fermenting and analyzing various foods and juices.
Student's Major: Computer Science
Course: ITEC 324 - Principles of Computer Science III
Contract: Researched different types of data structures and developed a mini search engine.