Resources for Current Honors Students
Honors students may apply for Academic Grants for up to $1000 for their undergraduate career to cover expenses related to the student’s honors education. The grants are competitive and there is a limited budget each year. The Honors Committee evaluates Academic Grant Applications twice a year. Deadlines for application submission are November 15 and April 15.
- Expenses must be incurred during the student’s enrollment as an undergraduate student at the college.
- Student must be in good standing with the honors program: 3.50 minimum GPA and no judicial infractions.
- Student must have completed 16 honors credits.
Typical Covered Expenses:
- Purchase of items directly related to the student’s senior thesis research not normally covered by departmental budgets
- Conference travel to present student research
- Travel expenses for study abroad
- Exam fees for graduate school entrance or professional licensing exams: Actuarial Exam, GRE (general and advanced), GMAT, LSAT, MCAT, etc.
- Tuition for GRE, LSAT, MCAT preparation courses
- Students not applying for the entire $1000 at one time may apply for the balance in a subsequent application.
- Students may apply for and receive multiple grants, the total not to exceed $1000.
- Students may only use Academic Grant funds to pay for one exam administration of any given graduate entrance or professional licensing exam. Students taking multiple exams (LSAT and GMAT, for example) may submit an application for both exams.
- Grants to pay partial tuition for GRE, LSAT, MCAT preparation courses will be funded only if there is remaining grant money after all other grants are funded that year.
- Cost estimates may be used in an application for approval, but no funds will be disbursed without actual receipts submitted to the Honors Center.
- Academic Grant funds may not be used to cover the following items:
- Tuition and fees
- Travel not related to an undergraduate academic program or conference
- Computer hardware
- Computer software
- Copying or binding of thesis
Hallmarks of Honors Level Work:
Honors students may enroll in a non-honors course and contract with the professor to convert it to honors level and to earn honors credit to fulfill honors elective requirements. In order for the contract course to merit honors credit, the student must complete honors-level work in addition to that already required by the non-honors class. The character and quality of the regular work should also reflect greater expectations of learning and intellectual rigor. Simply adding more written work or more reading is insufficient for honors credit. To compensate for the loss of high-level student discussion in small seminars of only honors students in a traditional honors class, the nature of contracted honors work includes frequent and regular meetings and close work with the professor.
Required Substantive Elements of the Contract:
- Critical thinking
- Use of primary and/or secondary sources for the field of study
- Use of multiple pedagogies and enrichment opportunities such as field trips, lab experiences, films, lectures, guest speakers, experiential-learning, cooperative-learning, and service-learning experiences
- Clear specification of how the additional work will be graded and incorporated into the syllabus requirements
- Frequent meetings with the professor in addition to regularly scheduled class meetings
Desirable Substantive Elements of the Contract:
- Use of a variety of evaluation methods and products: written assignments, exams, oral presentations, and experiential components
- An interdisciplinary perspective
- A comparative perspective
- Inclusion of issues of diversity and differences in values
- Only honors students in good standing with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.50 are eligible to contract a course.
- Students may not contract 100-level courses.
- Contracts will not be awarded retroactively. Completed Honors Contract Course Applications are due to the Honors Center by the opening day of classes for the semester. Earlier submission is strongly encouraged. Once approved, the course will be designated as Honors on the student's transcript by the Add deadline (5th day of classes).
- Students may void the contract honors designation/drop the contract for the course (and remain in the regular course) only up until the 4th week of the semester without it appearing on the transcript. To do so students must complete an Honors Program Contract Revocation Form, available in the Honors Center. After the 4th week, the student must drop the entire class to avoid the contract, and it will appear on the transcript as W. Students failing to complete contracted work will be graded accordingly.
- Additional credit may only be added to courses originally awarding three or fewer credits. One credit = 15 hours class time plus outside work. Applications must specify how the extra hours/credit will be earned.
- Students may only contract one course to count toward the required 24 Honors Program credits. Exceptions include International Business and Music Therapy majors.
- Contract courses must be letter graded.
The following forms are available for download:
- Contract Course Application (pdf)
- Contract Course Evaluation Form (due by the end of final exam week
- Faculty Contract Course Evaluation Forms (are due when grades are submitted)