HLBC Policies

  • Students proposing HLBC must be in good standing in the Honors College.
  • HLBCs are not permitted for the following:
    • first-year students.
    • courses currently offering an Honors section.
    • an online course.* (COVID-19 exceptions are currently permitted).
    • any four-week summer session course.
  • Students may count no more than 8 hours of Honors Learning-by-Contract credit toward the completion of the Honors Certificate.
  • Honors contracts are normally supervised by a member of the MU faculty. If instructor is not a faculty member (such as a graduate student), they must also receive permission and signature from the Chair of the instructor’s department.
  • As part of developing an Honors contract, the faculty member and student negotiate the content and structure of the project(s), the criteria for evaluating the project(s), and a timeline for check-in meetings and due date(s). HLBC proposals may not be a standard proposal for the particular class that is provided to the student by the professor unless prior approval of that option has been obtained from or granted by the Honors College Committee.
  • To receive honors credit, all students must complete the Honors Learning-by-Contract Evaluation Form. This form, including a one-page typed summary of your work under the contract, will be signed by the faculty member and submitted to the Honors College by the student no later than Reading Day. The summary needs to describe the topic of the project, what the project entailed, and whether or not the goals and requirements for the project were met.
  • The course grade will NOT be affected by the successful or unsuccessful completion of the project. If the contracted work is completed successfully and the student receives a letter grade of B or better, the student will receive Honors credit for the course. If the contracted work is not completed, or the student receives a letter grade lower than a B, no honors credit will be awarded.