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Earning Honors Credit In Non-Honors Courses
The Honors Credit Contract (Honors Credit For a Non-Honors Course)

Students may obtain Honors credit for regular (i.e., non-HONR prefix courses) courses on campus. However, the following courses are ineligible to receive Honors Credit: 1000 level English courses, 1000 and 2000 level Modern Language courses, all EXSA courses, all online courses, and all Intersession courses.

Only instructors who are full-time, tenured/tenure-track faculty members or full-time lecturers may supervise this contract. Graduate students, part-time instructors and adjunct faculty members are not eligible to supervise Honors contract course work.

In order to become familiar with the process, requirements, and guidelines of establishing an Honors Credit Contract, both faculty and students should take a moment to review the guidelines regarding student requests for Honors Contract Course Credit below:

  • The Honors College cannot determine what constitutes appropriate contract work for Honors credit. This should be at the discretion of the course instructor. However, the Honors College may refuse approval of Honors credit for work that is deemed applicable for any student in the class, such as Attending every class or Making an A in the class.
  • Only instructors who are full-time, tenured/tenure-track faculty members or full-time lecturers may supervise this contract. Graduate students, part-time instructors and adjunct faculty members are not eligible to supervise Honors contract course work.
  • A faculty member is under no obligation to accept an Honors student's request for Honors credit for a course via contract work. Additionally, a faculty member who feels that the student's completed work is not sufficient for Honors credit is under no obligation to give their final approval.
  • The credit contract has specific due dates for each semester. These due dates are noted at the top of each contract. Refer to the contract instructions for specific information about the due dates.
  • Once the contracted work is completed satisfactorily, the faculty member returns to this site to give their final signature. The Honors College requires this to be done before grades are submitted at the end of the semester. This system offers automated reminders via email as the deadline approaches.

If you have questions or need clarification, please feel free to contact Honors Advisor Les Riding In at 817-272-5409 or at ridingin@uta.edu.

Download the Honors Credit Contract form (Adobe PDF)

Honors Credit for Independent Study

As you move into more advanced work and begin to plan for an Honors thesis/creative project, some coursework should be selected as central to your plans and designated for Honors credit. This work may take either of two forms: specially planned work in conjunction with a regular course or independent study. Independent study must be planned with an instructor who will agree to direct the work. The work undertaken should form a coherent part of your thesis/project.

Only instructors who are full-time, tenured/tenure-track faculty members or full-time lecturers may supervise this contract. Graduate students, part-time instructors and adjunct faculty members are not eligible to supervise Honors contract course work.

Honors Credit for Graduate Coursework

As an undergraduate student at UTA, you have the opportunity to enroll in graduate-level coursework with permission of the faculty member and the Honors Advisor. As members of the Honors College, we hope that you will seek out these opportunities. The inclusion of graduate coursework in your Honors degree plan will make your course of studies even more rigorous and exciting.

You may receive Honors credit for graduate coursework by registering for a graduate course and completing the required assignments. You must complete an Honors Designation Form but you are not required to complete an additional project. Completing all class work assigned to the graduate students and receiving an "A" or "B" in the course are the only requirements.

Only instructors who are full-time, tenured/tenure-track faculty members or full-time lecturers may supervise this contract. Graduate students, part-time instructors and adjunct faculty members are not eligible to supervise Honors contract course work.

Honors Credit for Study Abroad Coursework

Honors credit is awarded for courses taught in an Honors College-sponsored study abroad summer program through the usual course contracting procedure. Honors credit may be awarded for courses in other UT Arlington study abroad programs taught by Honors-eligible UT Arlington faculty by prior arrangement; interested students should contact the Dean as far in advance of the beginning of the program as possible. Honors credit will not be granted for courses taught in programs not sponsored by UT Arlington.

Transcript Notation of Honors Credit

Once the Course Approval for Honors Credit form has been returned, an Honors Advisor will check the grade earned in the course. A student must receive a letter grade of an "A" or a "B" in order to earn Honors credit for a course. Honors credit courses must also meet the approval of the Honors Dean. Once these conditions have been met, the Registrar will be notified that the Honors "H" should be added to the transcript. This "H" often is not placed on the transcript until the following semester, so do not be alarmed if the "H" does not appear on your grade report immediately. If an "H" does not appear on the transcript after the following semester, please contact an Honors Advisor.

What if I Do Not Complete the Contract?

If for whatever reason a student does not earn an "A" or "B" or finish the Honors project, Honors credit will not be given for that course. You will not be penalized for not completing the Honors project. A student will still obtain the regular credit and grade earned for the course. As a courtesy, students should notify the instructor if they do not intend to complete the Honors project. Please ask the instructor to discard the form or retrieve and discard the form yourself.

Possible Honors Projects

The Honors Advisors receive many questions from faculty and students concerning what types of projects Honors students might complete to earn Honors credit for a regular course. We stress with all Honors students that the particular assignment and terms of agreement (due date, policies concerning incomplete work, etc.) are the prerogative of the instructor. We trust that the project will be consonant with the course goals and will advance the scholarly interest of the student. The following are just a few examples of creative ideas for fulfilling Honors credit:

  • Preparation of an annotated bibliography
  • Preparation of a term paper
  • Preparation and delivery of a class lecture
  • A written review of a book (film or other media)
  • A compilation and critical evaluation of Internet sources on a topic
  • A comparison of textbooks
  • A review of ancillary materials provided with texts: CD-ROMs, student workbooks, teacher guides, test banks
  • Preparation of course materials for continuing education and citation of resources for the layperson
  • Preparation of a photographic essay, Web page, or portfolio
  • Completion of community service linked to course content

Helpful Hint: To ensure that the form is turned in at the end of the semester, we recommend that the student retrieve the signed form from the professor and return it to the Honors College. Instructors are often very busy at the end of a semester and may forget to return the form.

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