Work with an Honors student to add content and depth to a regular course
If you have an Honors student willing to go beyond, consider assigning them extra reading, or a project. Help them find additional meaning or depth in the topic area. IDH 4903 is a one credit class Honors students can take as a supplement for an existing 3000 or 4000 level class in which you assign additional work.
IDH 4903 - Honors Program Course Contract
Turn any upper division course into an Honors Course!
How the honors contract works:
- Within the first three class days of the semester, student and professor agree on how to structure the contract and jointly complete the Honors Contract Form
- Student takes the form or emails it to the Honors Program Director for approval.
- If approved, the student is added to a section of IDH 4903.
- Professor submits the final grade for the student for the honors section to the Honors office.
What an honors contract should and should not be:
- It should enhance the quality of the learning experience in the course, rather than simply increasing the quantity of work. In most cases, a higher quality experience will require more time and effort, so Honors students will indeed be working harder.
- It should hone the student’s critical thinking, writing, and presentation skills in addition to enhancing their grasp of the subject.
- It should enhance interaction between the student and the professor.
- It should not be burdensome to the professor in terms of time or resources.
Some ideas for contracts that have worked well:
- Student participates in lab meetings and/or research with professor and grad students on course topic.
- Student attends and summarizes seminars on campus related on course topic.
- Student does independent reading on the topic with guidance from professor, and then presents analysis (either oral or written, to professor or to class).
- Student helps professor develop lecture(s), lab exercise(s), or multimedia on course topic.
- Student helps with web design, publication writing/revision, or other extension- related activities on course topic.