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, reviewed, and approved via MyWCU. For students: Type "honors" into the search bar on the top left of your MyWCU webpage, then select "Manage Honors Contracts." For instructors: Type "honors" into the search bar on the top left of your MyWCU webpage, then select "Manage Honors Contracts." For more information on how to design, submit, revise, and manage your honors contracts watch the "How to" videos below.
Honors Contracts must be submitted by the student no later than Friday at 5pm of the fourth week of the semester (Friday of the second week for Summer sessions)
What is an Honors Contract? Note: As of Fall 2020, all newly admitted honors students must complete 27 hours of honors credit to graduate from Brinson Honors College.
How to Design Your Honors Contract
How to Submit Your Honors Contract
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 Brinson Honors College to take advantage of Honors contracts.
Students currently on probation in The Brinson 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: