Honors Enrichment Contracts

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The primary purpose of the Honors Enrichment Contract is to give students and instructors the opportunity to interact about challenging academic issues. Students and instructors should feel free to design an agreement in addition to general course expectations that is tailored to the specifics of their interaction, the expected work, and the course. Both instructors and students should be able to benefit from the honors enrichment contract work. Please see the FAQs below and contact your Honors advisor if you have any additional questions.

Some examples of past Honors Enrichment Contracts include:

  • Conduct an individual research project or assist with instructor research
  • Create, test, and/or evaluate a program
  •  Prepare and present a class lecture
  • Complete a small group project with other honors students
  • Produce a research paper
  • Design and test a lab project

Contract Requirements

Contract Requirements

What kinds of projects can be completed for a contract?

Appropriate contracts vary by discipline, but here are just a few ideas:

  • Conduct an individual research project or assist with instructor research
  • Create, test, and/or evaluate a software program
  • Prepare and present a class lecture
  • Complete a small group project with other honors students
  • Produce a research paper
  • Choreograph a dance
  • Critique an exhibit
  • Extend course knowledge to community outreach
  • Design and test a lab project

Do any classes count for automatic honors credit? 

Yes, some classes have been designated for automatic honors credit and there are also honors sections of classes. For a full list visit the Barrett Signature Courses page and select the semester class list on the right. Additionally, graduate classes count for automatic honors credit.

Do graduate classes count for automatic honors credit? 

Graduate classes will count for automatic honors credit.

Can I do an honors contract in an online class?

Students can receive up to 6 Honors credits for Honors Enrichment Contracts in online courses. Students are still expected to meet with instructors beyond the already-established course guidelines, just as with a face-to-face class.

Do contracts have to be for classes inside my major?

No, Honors Enrichment Contracts can be completed in any discipline, no matter your major. However, you should be treating this experience as an opportunity to connect with faculty and network within the department. Often times, great Honors Contracts can become great starting points for the Thesis/Creative Project, making faculty support for the project simple.

Who is eligible to supervise honors contracts?

Honors enrichment contracts are typically supported by the instructor for the class. Sometimes students may work with another faculty member to support the project. There is a section in the contract that allows you to designate a different faculty member from the instructor of the course.

Getting Started

Getting Started

How are contracts approved?

Contracts are initially approved at the time of submission by the instructor to begin the work for the project. Your instructor will complete this step through the course roster.

How will my instructor be notified about my contract?

Instructors will receive an initial e-mail after the contract deadline is passed. They can view the contract at any time through their class roster on myASU.

How do I know if a contract is available for my class?

In some cases, instructors will make a notation in the ASU Course Catalog that contracts will be offered to students. If not stated in the ASU Course Catalog, a contract may still be an option. You should discuss this with your instructor directly.

Earning Honors Credit

Earning Honors Credit

How many contracts are recommended each semester?

Honors students should complete 9-12 Honors credits each academic year. If you are not completing other Honors credits through Honors-only courses, research, or study abroad, you should be pursuing contracts to stay on pace.

How many credits is the contract worth?

Honors credits for an Honors Enrichment Contract will be the equivalent of the number of credit hours for the course (i.e. if a contract is completed for a 3-credit course, you will receive 3 Honors credits). Earning credit for your Honors Enrichment Contract also involves receiving a "C" grade or higher in the course.

Is there a limit to how many contracts I can do for honors credit?

There is no limit to the number of honors contracts you can complete.

Responsibilities & Deadlines

Responsibilities & Deadlines

What I am responsible for in the contract?

Students - Attend regular meetings with your instructor, ask how you will be evaluated by your instructor, and make sure you understand what you are required to complete. Submit your work on time.

Instructors - Give clear expectations of required work, check in on progress of the student, initially approve contracts and give final approval or deny the contact in a timely manner.

What happens if I cannot finish my contract?

An Honors Enrichment Contract is a binding agreement between a student and an instructor that provides the opportunity to enrich the course experience. Do not register for a contract if you are not sure you will complete it. Instructors invest time in designing Honors Enrichment Contracts, and they expect a commitment from you as well. In the contract, there is a section that states what should occur in the event that the contract is unfulfilled. You will be subjected to any consequences outlined in this section. If for any reason you cannot complete the contract, you should speak with your instructor as soon as possible to discuss these consequences.

What if I miss the deadline to submit a contract?

If you miss the deadline to submit the contract, but an instructor has agreed to work with you on a project, you should contact your Barrett Advisor to discuss your options for submitting the contract.

When should I be completing the contract?

All work for Honors Enrichment Contract credit should be completed during the semester in which the student has registered for the course. Unless otherwise specified by the instructor, the final day to complete the project is the last day of classes for the term. If an extension is needed, you and your instructor should contact your Barrett Advisor directly.

Fall 2020 Student Submission Deadline

Session A - Tuesday, September 1st

Session C - Tuesday, September 15th

Session B - Thursday, October 22nd