Project Forms & Guidelines

Scroll to the bottom of this page for a link to the downloadable honors project proposal form.

Guidelines for Honors Contracts:

  1. The proposal for an honors contract must include the following six elements:
    1. Description of proposed activities
    2. List of the learning objectives of the proposed activities (description should indicate how each activity relates to one or more of HCC’s general education competencies of critical thinking, collaboration, and communication)
    3. Explanation of how these activities relate to the topic of the course
    4. Explanation of how these activities exceed the normal expectations of the course in such a way that award of honors credit is warranted upon successful completion
    5. Explanation of how progress toward meeting the learning objectives identified in part II will be assessed
    6. Description of the time line for the project:
  2. The project must be a stand-alone project and not an extension of another class assignment (example: Simply writing a longer paper with more sources would not be an acceptable honors project.)
  3. Estimated time investment for an honors project should approximate 60% of total contact hours for course (This number is based on 20% of the total time that a student is expected to spend on a course including 2 hours of out of class work for every 1 contact hour). For example, in a course that meets for 3 hours per week (total of 48 hours for the entire semester), the approximate time investment for an honors project would be 29 hours.
  4. Interdisciplinary projects are allowed, provided the project is approved as a double project with two separate contracts. This provision means that the estimated time investment for the honors project would be 60% of the total contact hours for both courses. The project should be designed so that successful completion of each component will meet the goals of the respective honors contract. The intent of this provision is to avoid situations in which a student invests significant time in a project without gaining any honors credit because one or the other of the contracts was not fulfilled. Furthermore, interdisciplinary projects must be approved by both supervising faculty members.

Honors Project Proposal Form

Honors Project Proposal Form