Taking a Regular Course for Honors Credit

1 Find options for qualifyingPDF document; you only need one to qualify. See also: Guidelines for Honors Contracts in Regular Courses

2 Select a course that you are currently enrolled in and ask the professor if he or she will work with you on an Honors contract in the course.

3 Decide with your professor what the project will be – a research paper (minimum of ten pages plus documentation) or service learning, art, or music applied some way to course content or a lab experiment, etc. All Honors work has a written research component. The length will be determined in the response to the student’s Honors Contract proposal. The project cannot be an enlargement on a class assignment, and it must be directly related to the course’s content. The grade on the project is not averaged into the course grade; the project, if it is a B or higher and the course grade a B or higher, will give you Honors on your transcript for the course.

4 Fill out the Contract FormPDF document and submit a hard copy, signed by you and your professor, to John French, North 202, or Cindy Pavlos, North 204.

Guidelines for Honors Contracts in Regular Courses

  • The student and the instructor should collaboratively develop the Honors contract proposal.
  • Complete the Contract FormPDF document
  • By the deadline date, turn in a typed, signed copy of the contract to the Honors Program Coordinator, John French, North 202.
  • The Honors Coordinator and the academic Vice President will review all submitted contracts and suggest any changes or modifications needed to maintain the standards and integrity of Honors recognition.
  • All accepted students shall have access to the Honors Center for the purposes of reading, researching, and organizing their projects as well as working with other Honors students.
  • If a student fails to progress, the instructor has the right to drop the Honors contract option. If the option is dropped, please notify by e-mail the Honors Program Coordinator: jfrench@capecod.edu.
  • If a student wishes to drop an Honors option, please notify the course instructor and the Honors Program Coordinator: jfrench@capecod.edu.
  • To achieve Honors recognition, you must earn a grade of B or higher on both the course grade and the Honors contract project.

Note: The Honors Contract work is not considered when determining the student's final grade in the course; rather, it provides the course with honors status.

Responsibilities for Instructors and Students

  • Instructors work with the students on the contracts for a project in a regularcourse. Before the instructor signs the contract, make certain that it is written incomplete sentences and that it is free of errors.
  • Submit the contract by the due date.
  • Instructors and students should expect to collaborate on a regular basis, an average of once every two weeks.
  • The student submits the abstract for the program for the Honors Reception by the due date for the given semester.
  • The student picks up a poster board by the due date.
  • The student must present his or her poster board at the semester Honors reception.
  • In order for the Honors designation to appear on the student’s transcript, a clean, revised, graded copy of the Honors project must be on file in the HonorsPermanent File.
  • Students and instructors must honor the published schedule.
  • Students are encouraged to use the Honors Center. Honors work provides students the opportunity to learn independently and present their work to an audience in a scholarly manner. Faculty mentors guide students in their individual search for excellence in scholarship.

For More Information

John French, Honors Program Coordinator
Phone 774.330.4555
E-mail jfrench@capecod.edu
Location North 202