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

Spring 2018 Contract Course Timeline

January 29: Contract course proposal form is due (see link above). The student will complete this form. *Psychology students do not need to fill out a contract course proposal form.

March 9: Progress report on contract course is due. The Honors staff will send the faculty member this form to complete.

April 23: All projects should be turned in to the faculty member unless prior arrangements have been made.

April 30: Student evaluation form due.

May 4: Faculty evaluations forms due.

** Nursing students work with Dr. Streufert to find a contract course project.

** Psychology students complete contract courses through Honors in the Major.

**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: Visit with all tenured and tenure-track research faculty to discuss research interests.

*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.

Faculty Expectations

 Here is a short video outlining expectations for faculty role in contract courses.

Examples of Completed Contract Courses

College of Business & Technology

College of Engineering & Computer Science

College of Nursing & Health Sciences

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