Contracts

What is an Honors Contract?

An Honors Contract provides a mechanism for Honors students to earn Honors credit for courses that are not typically offered through the Honors College. Students do Honors Contracts in upper-division courses that they already plan to take. The student works with the faculty member to do an independent assignment in addition to the course, such as independent reading in a designated area, a literature review, a set of short response papers on a designated topic, or an application to an award or internship related to the course material. 

An Honors Contract allows the opportunity for students to pursue deeper study of a course topic while facilitating professional and intellectual relationships with the faculty member. Many students find that the work they do to complete the Honors contract helps them with the next steps in pursuing research, service learning, or professional development opportunities. Please note: the faculty member has full discretion whether or not to agree to a contract, as well as to determine what constitutes Honors work for that contract.

Contract Details

For students

Students may submit Honors Contracts to the Honors College in order to earn Honors Credit for Non-Honors courses in any given semester.

  • All approvals (faculty and from the Honors College) for an Honors Contract is due no later than the relevant semester's deadline to add a class. We recommend contacting faculty and submitting your form in the semester prior to your contract. You must be registered for the course to submit a contract.
  • Course MUST be Upper Division 3000-4000 level AND 3 to 4 credit hours.
  • Course must not be offered or cross-listed as an Honors section already.
  • Students must submit the completed Honors Contract form in the Honors Contract Portal. See link below. 
  • All information on the form must be completed upon submission.
  • Number of total contracts over the student’s degree cannot exceed the maximum allowed per student catalog and/or track.
  • Students must complete the work no later than the last day of class before finals week, and earn a B- or higher at the end of the semester.
  • Project completed for the Honors Contract DOES NOT impact student’s grade for the course. Students who do not complete their contract will have the ‘H’ removed from the course.
  • At the end of the semester, when grades roll, faculty are contacted to confirm that contracted work is complete. Students who do NOT completed their contract stipulations will be emailed.
  • Faculty members are under no obligation to write a Contract with a student. It is the student's responsibility to talk professionally, early, and often with a potential faculty member about the possibility of a contract. A faculty member is not required to participate in an event. Students should consult with faculty about contracts before submitting a request in the contract portal (see link below).

For Faculty - Approving a Contract / Confirming Completion

1 SCH of course-related activity equates to 25 additional hours over the semester. Whether a student can earn Honors credit for a specific course is at the discretion of the individual faculty member teaching the course. Once an honors Contracts is processed, students and their faculty will be emailed to confirm that the Honors Contract has been approved. Please note the following guidelines: 

  • Students must complete the work no later than the last day of class before finals week, and earn a B- or higher at the end of the semester.
  • Project completed for the Honors Contract DOES NOT impact student’s grade for the course. Students who do not complete their contract will have the ‘H’ removed from the course.
  • At the end of the semester, when grades roll, faculty are contacted to confirm that contracted work is complete. Students who do NOT completed their contract stipulations will be emailed.
  • Faculty members are under no obligation to write a Contract with a student. It is the student's responsibility to talk professionally, early, and often with a potential faculty member about the possibility of a contract. A faculty member is not required to participate in an event. Students should consult with faculty about contracts before submitting a request in the contract portal (see link below).

Once a student initiates the contract process or when it is time to confirm the student's work on the contract at the end of the term, you can log in to the Honors Contract Portal. Note that you will still also enter the final letter grade in ASAP separately. 

Faculty members who have questions about the program can contact the Office of the Honors College at (210) 458-4106 or via e-mail at honors@utsa.edu.

How to Submit a Contract

Students initiate the contract process by submitting a request to faculty in the contract portal. Before submitting a request, students should contact faculty to organize and agree upon the work the student will do during the contract period. Remember that the last day for all contract approvals to be completed is the deadline to add a class. This deadline typically occurs one week before Census Day during Fall/Spring semesters and occurs on the second day of class during the summer. Click here to visit the Honors Contract Portal to submit a contract for Summer 2022 or Fall 2022.