Honors Contract Policies

1. Honors Contract Unit Limits

There is a limit to how many honors units a student can earn via Honors Contracts. This is determined by the student’s Honors Unit Requirement. The Honors Unit Requirement is the number of honors units a student needs to earn by the time they 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 100 level and 200 level)

**Exceptions apply to engineering majors; see below.

2. College of Engineering Honors Contract Unit Limit

There are specific Honors Contract limits for honors students who are in the College of Engineering. (College of Engineering courses may not be contracted for Honors credit.)

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.

3. Grading of the Honors Contract

No grade is given for the contract. The student either meets the terms of the Honors Contract or they do not. Instructors are required to determine whether the student has completed the terms of the contract by the same date that grades are regularly due for the course. “Incompletes” are not accepted for Honors Contracts, unless the student has obtained prior permission from the Honors College.

4. Honors Contract impact on the student’s overall grade in the course

The work assigned as a result of the Honors Contract will not determine or impact the student's final grade in the class. That is, the fact that the student is working on an Honors Contract does not guarantee a high grade. Final grades should reflect the quality and content of all of the student's work in the course. Additionally, if the student does not complete the terms of the Honors Contract, this will not negatively impact the student’s final grade in the class. If the student does not complete the terms of the Honors Contract, the only consequence would be that the student will not receive honors credit for the course.

5. Courses Co-Convened with a 500-level Graduate Class

Students typically are not able to create an Honors Contract for a class that is co-convened with a 500-level graduate class. If this is a student’s very first semester at the University of Arizona OR they have less than 60 earned units, students should contact an Honors Academic Advisor to learn how they could potentially earn honors credit for the course. If a student has at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA at the University of Arizona AND has at least 60 earned units, they would not create an Honors Contract. Instead, the student would fill out the Undergraduate Enrollment in Graduate Course form and turn it into the Office of the Registrar, Administration 210.

6. Courses Ineligible for an Honors Contract 

There are certain courses that are NOT eligible for an Honors Contract.

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
  • Internships
    • Courses numbered: 193, 293, 393, 493
  • Preceptorship
    • Courses numbered: 191, 291, 391, 491
  • Independent Study
    • 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.