Frequently Asked Questions about the Honors Contracts
There is a limit to how many honors units you can earn by Honors Contract. This is determined by your Honors Unit Requirement. Your Honors Unit Requirement is the number of honors units you need to earn by the time you graduate.
The Honors Contract limits are:
- 30 Honors Units Requirement - contract up to 12 units, 6 of which can be lower-division units.
- 24 Honors Units Requirement - contract up to 9 units, 6 of which can be lower-division units.
- 18 Honors Units Requirement - contract up to 6 units, 3 of which can be lower-division units.
** Lower-division units are courses numbered as 100 level and 200 level **
If you are an engineering major:
College of Engineering students who enter the Honors College with:
- 59 or fewer transferable units may contract up to 6 units, 3 of which can be lower-division units.
- 60 or more transferable units may contract up to 3 units.
Your Honors Contract submission deadline is dependent on the length of your class. All information, including your professor’s approval, is due by the submission deadline. Since all information is due by the submission deadline it is advised that you start on your Honors Contract sooner in the semester rather than later.
The Fall 2020 submission deadlines are as follows:
- Full Semester: Friday, September 18th
- Seven Week First: Friday, September 11th
- Seven Week Second: Friday, October 30th
If your Honors Contract is not completely submitted by the appropriate submission deadline, including having your professor submit their approval, it is possible that your Honors Contract will be denied by the Honors College. You will need to contact the Honors College at HNRS-ContractHelp@email.arizona.edu if you are submitting your Honors Contract past the submission deadline.
You will receive an email confirmation once your professor has submitted their response for your Honors Contract. It is your responsibility to follow-up with your professor to make sure they have submitted their approval.
It is your responsibility to follow-up with your professor to make sure they have submitted their approval of the Honors Contract by the submission deadline. You will receive an email confirmation once your professor has submitted their response for your Honors Contract. If your professor does not submit their approval of the Honors Contract by the appropriate submission deadline, it is possible that your Honors Contract will be denied by the Honors College. You will need to contact the Honors College at HNRS-ContractHelp@email.arizona.edu if your professor did not submit their approval by the appropriate date.
There are certain classes you CANNOT make an Honors Contract for. Classes you cannot make an Honors Contract for are:
Courses that offer an Honors section option this semester
- If there is a course that offers an honors section, you must be enrolled in the honors section in order to earn honors credit.
Courses in the College of Engineering
- Courses in: AME, ARCE, BE, BME, CE, CHEE, ECE, ENGR, GEN, MNE, MSE, OPTI, SIE
- Courses numbered: 193, 293, 393, 493
- Courses numbered: 191, 291, 391, 491
- Courses numbered: 199, 299, 399, 499
Study Abroad courses
- Courses taken at other institutions cannot be contracted.
Courses with alternative grading
S (superior), P (pass), F (fail)
Courses taken in the Winter session
These are courses taken between the fall and spring semesters.
If you have questions about a specific class you are wanting to create an Honors Contract for, please contact an Honors Academic Advisor.
Processing times may vary, but you can expect to be notified via email of your Honors Contract status within 2-4 weeks from the submission deadline for your Honors Contract.
Sometimes, instructors create a standard Honors assignment for Honors students in the course who may be interested in earning Honors credit. This means that you will not need to negotiate an Honors Contract assignment directly with your instructor for this course and instead will complete the assignment the instructor has already provided.
This Honors assignment should be a fully defined assignment that typically includes the topic of the project, project requirements (formatting, page length, grading rubric), and due dates.
If your instructor has an Honors assignment, they will typically announce it to the class and/or list it in the syllabus or on the D2L. If you are unsure if there is an Honors assignment for your course, please ask your instructor.
Please note that you will still need to submit an Honors Contract form for courses that have an Honors assignment provided by the instructor.
Yes. You can create multiple Honors Contracts in the same semester. However, whenever you are creating an Honors Contract be sure you know your Honors Contract Unit Limit. (See How many units can I earn by Honors Contracts?)
Best practice, whenever you are having challenges in any class, is to communicate those challenges to the professor. If you are finding you will be unable to complete the terms of your Honors Contract you should set up a time to meet with your professor and talk about options and next steps. You will not receive Honors credit for the class if you do not complete the terms of the Honors Contract, but this will not negatively impact your final grade in the class.
No. Your Honors Contract should have no weight on your final grade in the class. Additionally, just because you are doing an Honors Contract does not mean your final grade in the class will be higher. Honors Contract requirements should be assessed separately from the original assigned work in the class.
If this is your very first semester at the University of Arizona OR you have less than 60 earned units, please contact an Honors Academic Advisor to discuss how you could potentially earn honors credit for the course. If you have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA at the University of Arizona AND you have at least 60 earned units, you would not create an Honors Contract. Instead, you would fill out the Undergraduate Enrollment in Graduate Course form and turn it into the Office of the Registrar, Administration 210. If you have questions about this, please contact an Honors Academic Advisor.
Please contact an Honors Academic Advisor to talk about your options.