For regular courses
With approval from the Carroll Student Scholars Committee, a student may arrange to contract with the instructor of an existing Pioneer Core course to take it for honors credit. Only one Pioneer Core course may be taken as a contract course, and students are strongly encouraged to make every effort to enroll in honors courses before submitting a contract course application. Honors students must have sophomore, junior, or senior standing to undertake an Honors Contract.
For external supervised research
With approval from the Carroll Student Scholars Committee, a student may arrange to complete an external research course supervised by a Carroll University instructor for honors credit. Only one external research course may be taken as a contract course. Honors students must have sophomore, junior, or senior standing to undertake an Honors Contract.
The Carroll Student Scholars Committee generally has the following expectations for Honors Contracts:
- If the student is receiving Carroll class credit for the research, they will receive the equivalent honor’s credit for the course
- The student should have regular meetings (e.g., biweekly) with the course supervisor to discuss research to a greater degree than is possible in the external location
- The student is expected to produce either:
- A writing assignment that is longer and contains more analysis than a non-honors writing assignment
- A presentation that is more substantive and contains more analysis than a non- honors presentation
- The student is expected to work with sources (e.g., texts or primary works) in addition to those required in the course, to expand and enrich their engagement with the course material.
Contract courses must be submitted to the Carroll Student Scholars Committee for approval by:
- Dec. 1 for a spring semester course
- Mar. 1 for a summer semester course
- May 1 for a fall semester course