An alternative to a regularly scheduled Honors course as a way to earn honors units, an honors contract starts with an agreement between an Honors Program student and an instructor in a non-honors course, outlining an independent program of study designed by the student and instructor. The contract work is completed concurrently with a non-Honors course. As in all Honors courses, students explore a specific topic in greater depth and/or breadth, including a 2,500-word research paper. Upon completion and approval of the project, the student earns honors credit toward completion of the Honors Program.
To complete the Honors Program, students must complete at least 16 honors units. Honors courses earn an additional unit beyond the non-honors course, and for the purposes of the Honors Program, the units of honors credit through contracts will be counted the same way, e.g., a three-unit non-honors course plus a contract will count as four units of honors credit toward the required 16 honors units.
Any UC-transferable Cerro Coso course of three or more units is eligible. However, for Ridgecrest / IWV students, requests will not be approved for classes regularly offered as honors classes, except in extenuating circumstances. Please refer to the long-term honors schedule and plan accordingly.
First find an instructor willing to work with you. The instructor will submit a completed contract. Successful applications will describe a project of sufficient rigor, give detailed plans to complete the project, and list scheduled class meeting dates for the semester.
Honors contract requests should be submitted during the first month of the fall or spring semester and the first two weeks during the summer session.
Because of the amount of work required, students are limited to two contracts per fall or spring semester and one during summer session. Honors Program students at IWV are limited to a maximum of one contract. The remaining honors units must be completed through honors courses.
Students must complete all tasks outlined on the approved request, receive the mentoring instructor's approval for completion, and forward the final project and signed completion form to the Honors Program coordinator.
The forms linked below, can be returned to the Honors Coordinator, Dr. Christine Swiridoff.
Contract Request Form