The Honors Learning-by-Contract option provides honors students with a means of earning honors credit for a regular (non-honors) course. Students who pursue the contract should be strongly engaged in the course’s subject matter and approach, and committed to doing considerably more work than is required of other students in the course, including written components, presentation of their work, and regular meetings with the faculty member about their progress.

The main goal for the HLBC is to develop a semester-long project or series of tasks that equate to at least 30 and up to 45 hours (at least two hours a week) of value-added Honors work. The proposal must present a set of assignments or approaches to learning that is the equivalent of making the entire course into an Honors experience for the student, and run for the entire length of the semester. Thus the proposal design should put forth assignments or tasks that effectively transform the course, are substantive, and require concrete submissions or performance elements to be completed at specified intervals.

Honors Learning-by-Contract Policies

Guidelines for Developing an Honors Learning-by-Contract Course

Honors Learning-by-Contract Timeline

Honors Learning-by-Contract Proposal Forms for Fall and Spring semesters are due by the end of the second week of classes, and for Summer semesters by the end of the first week of classes.

Honors Learning-by-Contract Proposal Form

Honors Learning-by-Contract Evaluation Forms are due by Reading Day of Fall and Spring semesters and by the last day of class for Summer semesters.

Honors Learning-by-Contract Evaluation Form