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The Purpose of an Honors Contract

For students in the University Honors Program, the honors contract allows members to earn honors credit for a non-honors class. The credit can be applied towards the requirements to graduate with University Honors.

For students not in the University Honors Program, the honors contract can be used to earn credit towards Honors in the Major. A student must have a 3.30 UI cumulative g.p.a. to be able to access the form.

Work done for an honors contract should be qualitatively different in nature from that already assigned for the class. Adding readings or assignments to the regular coursework is not sufficient. For example, honors contract work may rely on primary sources not formally introduced in the class; or it may focus more intensively on particular topics.

Honors contracts will ideally help both the student and instructor. For example, you may have the student do a project that covers material useful for the entire class to know and then present it to the class, or a student may research a topic you wish to cover in a future offering of the course. In any case, we are happy to answer any questions you have to facilitate the process. Contact us with questions at honors-program@uiowa.edu or 319-335-1681.

Please do not expect a different grade than B- or better for an honors contract to be valid; this is a requirement the program has set. You may not have expectations that go beyond the duration of the course (i.e. past the end of the semester).


How to Submit an Honors Contract Form

The student is responsible for submitting the Honors Contract Form in MyUI. Instructors are expected to review the project proposal and timeline for completion prior to submission. Honors contracts are due the last business day of the month following the start of the semester.

Project Examples


Approval Path

Once the student submits their Honors Contract Form, the person listed as the primary instructor will receive an email to approve the form in Universal Workflow.

The instructor has the option to approve or void the contract. If it is voided, the student may resubmit a new honors contract for the class. Voided contracts are not reflected on student records.

In situations where a student submitting an Honors Contract Form is a member of the University Honors Program, the form will then route to the Honors Program Coordinator for approval.

In situations where a student submitting an Honors Contract Form is not a member of the University Honors Program, the form will then route to appropriate person within the major department. For assistance with workflow paths please contact Jessica-Alberhasky@uiowa.edu in the Office of the Registrar.

Two weeks prior to the end of the semester, the primary instructor for the class will be prompted by email to confirm the contract was completed satisfactorily. 


Designation

Students who are members of the University Honors Program who successfully compete an honors contract will see the course designated as "H" on their grade report.

Students who are not members of the University Honors Program who successfully complete an honors contract will see the course designated as "HC" on their grade report.