Honors Contract

Many students in the Honors College choose to do an honors contract. An honors contract is an agreement to carry out an independent study project designed in consultation with the instructor, in any course they choose. Students enjoy this option because it allows them to individualize virtually any course and become better acquainted with UMKC faculty members.

How to Contract for Honors Credit

  • Obtain an honors contract form.
  • Think of a project you would like to do for a course in which you are currently enrolled. This project should extend and supplement the learning objectives of the course. For example, you may wish to write a paper, carry out research, conduct an experiment, make an oral presentation, engage in a community service project, or organize a tutorial group.
  • Any undergraduate course at UMKC in which you are currently enrolled for at least three credits may serve as the basis of an honors contract, subject to the approval of the faculty member teaching the course. However, activity and PE courses are ineligible for honors contracts.
  • Approach the professor with your idea and discuss the additional work to be completed under the honors contract. See letter to faculty.
  • Fill out the honors contract form and sign it; then ask your instructor to complete and sign the form.
  • Contracts are due within the first four weeks of the semester. Submit your completed contract to the Honors College, 424 Cherry Hall.
  • When you have completed the work required to fulfill the honors contract, fill out the completion form, and have your instructor complete and sign the instructor’s section of the form.
  • Completion forms are due no later than the Tuesday following finals week. Either the student or the instructor may submit the completion form to the Honors College (424 Cherry Hall).
  • A course grade of B or higher is required for honors credit to be awarded.
  • If the student requests an extension of the deadline, he/she must email the Honors Director with said request before the end of the semester.