Honors Option Contracts

Students talking with a professor in a small classroom

Honors Option Contracts allow students to receive Honors credit for any course in the University. Contracts allow students work closely with a faculty mentor to develop their own individual academic interests, knowledge, and skills.  

When students and faculty agree on a contract, they will agree on what work will be to receive Honors credit, the schedule of individual meetings with the instructor, and some way for the student to use his/her work to benefit the class or a community.  These contracts foster independent learning and discipline, by expecting the student to take charge of directing the alternative work with regular feedback from professors.  This type of preparation is immensely important for Capstone work and personalized professional development.

Students have completed a variety of Honors Contracts in the past.  In some contracts, students read and develop an extensive annotated bibliography in preparation for their Capstone.  Other contracts may be more exploratory such as doing more sophisticated lab work for a chemistry or physics class, writing a short story or play for a literature or drama class, or translating a cookbook for a foreign language class, and so forth.

The Honors Program at Gallaudet is a leader in developing a comprehensive system to maximize the benefit of Honors Contracts to ensure student satisfaction and quality education.

For more details, please see the link to our contract guidelines below:

Cover of Honors Contract Booklet

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