Honors Contract

Honors Carolina students have the unique opportunity to pursue an independent project of their own design within a regular course. The project should complement the course work and must produce a tangible final product — written, performed, or exhibited.

For example, a student might write a research paper that explores a topic covered in class, but in greater depth or complete a supplemental reading project with a formal report on the results.

This opportunity is attractive to students who may have a limited number of Honors Carolina courses offered within their major. If you are interested in creating an Honors Contract, review the Honors Contract Information Sheet and talk with your professor about designing a mutually agreeable project.


This opportunity is available to any 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year member of Honors Carolina. Students must submit a proposal using the form below. Proposals will route directly to the course instructor for initial approval and to the Honors Carolina office for final approval.

Students may pursue one Honors Contract each semester.

Available Courses

Students may design an Honors Contract for any non-honors course in which they are currently enrolled, assuming the course is not on the list of excluded course types below. Honors Contracts may not be applied retroactively.

Courses excluded from eligibility include:

  • Independent Study/Research
  • Directed Readings
  • Internships
  • Special Studies
  • Study Abroad / Off-campus
  • Summer School courses
  • First Year Seminar / First Year Launch
  • HNRS or “H” courses
  • < 3.0 credit hours
  • Continuing Education
  • TA-taught

Deadline for Fall 2022 Proposals

Completed proposal forms must be submitted online and approved by the professor by Tuesday, September 6 at 12:00 noon Eastern Time. Students will be notified of the status of their proposal by Tuesday, September 13.

Submit A Proposal


Related Forms

Summary Report