An Honors contract is a mutual agreement between the Honors student and the faculty member on a project or activity that will allow a particular non-honors course to be custom designated as “Honors” on the student’s transcript. Contracts allow students to complete further exploration, research, and/or experience in a particular topic of course material. Students often use the projects they complete for an Honors contract as entries in WCU's annual Undergraduate Expo and NCUR, an annual national conference for undergraduate research. Honors Contracts are now submitted online. Please see submission instructions below.
1. The student is responsible for initiating the contract at the start of the semester by meeting with the instructor. The student and instructor will collaborate on the project idea and description.
2. The student will fill out and submit the Honors contract online. *NOTE – It is STRONGLY recommended, but not required, that the student enter and SAVE this information using the Honors Contract Template and then copy and paste the information from the template into the online form (Word doc available here and in the "Resources" sidebar) . This is because the online form cannot be saved. If at any point while the student is entering information into the form the internet connection is lost or the student’s device loses power, the student will have to start over from the beginning.
3. The student will receive an email confirming receipt of the Honors contract that will include the information the student entered to check for any errors. The faculty member will also receive an email containing the information entered by the student.
4. The Honors Dean will review the contract and will contact the student with any revisions needed before final approval.
5. The Dean approves the contract and it is recorded.
6. The student submits the work agreed upon in the contract to the instructor by the established deadline, but no later than the last class meeting of the semester.
7. The Honors College will send a memo of completion to the instructor. The instructor will return the form (usually via campus mail) noting whether or not the contract was completed.
8. If the contract has been completed, The Honors College will inform the Registrar and the particular course for the individual student will be marked as “Honors” on the student’s transcript. The hours will be recorded by The Honors College as hours toward the completion of The Honors College diploma. If the contract was not completed, the student will not earn Honors credit for the course.
Yes, including internships and distance/online courses. Whether or not a particular course will work for an Honors contract is ultimately the instructor’s decision.
A student must be a member of The Honors College to take advantage of Honors contracts.
Students currently on probation in The Honors College (due to grades or lack of Honors progress) may complete Honors contract work during their probation semester in order to continue to make progress and improve their GPA and standing.
Students who were previous members but have been removed from the college due to grades or lack of Honors progress are ineligible for Honors contract work.
Honors credit is always attached to the credit hours for the course (for example, an Honors contract for a three-hour course would be for three credit hours).
The best contracts are of mutual interest to the student and faculty member. Ideally, Honors contracts should:
Contracts most likely to present problems usually: