Contracting for Honors Credit
Contact the professor teaching the course you wish to take, and inquire regarding their willingness to enter into an Honors contract with you, and what that contract would entail. Provided you come to an agreement, register (or pre-register) for the class with the "Honors" option checked on the registration form. Should you decide to take the course for Honors credit after you have already registered for it as a regular course (or in the event that you cannot reach the instuctor prior to registering), you will need to drop the regular course and add the Honors course by the "last day to make a grading change" for that semester.
After you and the instructor have agreed upon a strategy for adding an Honors component to a course, you should type up a brief description of the project, sign it, have the instructor sign it, and bring a copy to the Honors director for approval. This file copy can be very useful in case of misunderstandings and to help future students and faculty design their own Honors contracts. DEADLINE FOR FILING PAPERWORK FOR AN HONORS COURSE IS THE "LAST DAY TO MAKE A GRADING CHANGE" FOR THAT SEMESTER (usually about four weeks after the start of the semester).
Honors credit will be granted only upon satisfactory completion of the honors component. "Satisfactory" will be understood to mean an A or B, which will then be included in the course average. If the Honors component is not completed satisfactorily, you may still receive normal course credit.
What Constitutes an Honors Contract?
Typically, students enter Honors contracts in upper division courses in their majors or areas of strong interest. The contract should include more depth than would typically be encountered in the course. Common contracts include expanding upon existing course assignments with more depth, application, and/or hands on experience; presenting the results of the contract in some forum (often to other students in the class); and/or additional assignments that add depth and/or breadth to the student's knowledge of the subject. The best Honors contracts help both the student and the faculty member to explore an area of interest, potentially laying the foundation for undergraduate research, artistic enterprise, or the foundation for an Honors Thesis.