UT Tyler Honors Program

Honors Contract Courses

Within your major, you will choose two courses—typically junior and/or senior level—in which you will complete additional work under "contract" with a faculty member. Contracts may include an additional project, additional readings, additional meetings with a faculty member, additional research time in the faculty member's lab, etc.

You will sign a contract at the beginning of the course with the faculty member specifying what you are "contracting" to do in addition to the normal requirements of the course. Your honors adviser will work with you and your major adviser to select the right courses and approve the contract.

Please complete the online contract course form here.

Contract Course Policies: This form includes responsibilities of both students and faculty. It also serves as a FAQ.

The fall 2015 contract course timeline is as follows:

9/11/15: Contract Course Proposal Form is due. The student will complete this form.

10/16/15: Faculty progress report is due. The faculty member will complete this form.

12/4/15: All projects should be turned into the faculty member unless prior arrangements have been made.

12/11/15: Evaluation form is due. There will be both a faculty and student evaluation form.

 Special Note for Honors Students Majoring in Biology

Students majoring in biology will follow this sequence for their junior year:

Contract Course 1 (typically fall of junior year):

*First four weeks of semester: All Honors students majoring in biology will visit with all tenured and tenure-track research faculty to discuss research interests. Deadline is the fourth Friday after classes begin (i.e. Sept. 18, 2015).

*Remainder of semester: Pick a professor to work with, articulate a research problem in collaboration with that faculty member, and do a literature review of the problem. Deadline is to be determined with the participating faculty member.

Contract Course 2 (typically spring of junior year):

*Write a research proposal in collaboration with faculty member. Deadline is to be determined with the participating faculty member.

Examples of Completed Contract Courses:

College of Arts & Sciences

Biology 3338

English 4305

Math 3336

College of Business & Technology

Accounting 3315

Finance 3311

College of Education & Psychology

Psychology 4345

College of Engineering & Computer Science

Civil Engineering 3434

Mechanical Engineering 3304

College of Nursing & Health Sciences

Kinesiology 4314

Nursing 3603