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Honors Course Contract Form

The student should submit this contract. The Instructor should agree upon all parts of the contract prior to submission. The University Honors Program must also approve the contract, at the latest, by October 1st for the Fall semester and March 1st for the Spring. Honors will send both Student and Instructor an approval email. Please contact Anne Dotter at annele@ku.edu if you have questions.

I. General Information
(i.e. MATH 350. Should be 300 level course or above.)
(ie. Spring 2016)
II. Honors Contract Requirements
In this section, please focus on what will make the honors contract different from the work that the rest of the class will be engaging in.


Identify several tasks that you will be accomplishing as you move toward completing your project, including a tentative schedule. Be sure to include any product, such as a paper, creative work, or presentation, that you will complete by the end of the semester.

Example Benchmarks: Identify six articles to read, successfully develop a question on the basis of the extra reading, administer a survey, submit a proposal to present at Undergraduate Research Symposium, turn in the first draft of a final paper or of a lecture to be given to the class, etc.

When possible, a student will be asked to contribute to class discussion and lectures on the basis of their extra learning. How will you give back to your class through this contract?
III. Goals & Outcomes

By engaging in this Honors Contract, you should work to achieve the Outcomes below (skills, knowledge, professional development, etc.):

  • Examples of Practical Skills: Can identify relevant sources from library databases. Can successfully use Final Cut Pro to edit my film.
  • Examples of Scholarly Skills: Be able to compare/contrast three different scholars' interpretations of "Brave New World." Be able to summarize the latest research about the causes of depression among the elderly.
  • Examples of Professional Development: To attend a professional conference. To create a writing sample/portfolio for graduate school applications. Give a lecture to my peers in class.

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