Honors Transfer Program
At LPC most of our honors coursework is completed through individual honors contracts between a student and his or her instructor. Any transferable course at LPC may become an honors course by adding an honors contract to that course with the consent of your instructor.
Honors Contract Resources
You can find a link to the honors contract application form in the forms section.
Your Honors Contract Proposal will require you to write a Proposal Summary with your instructor. Below are two sample Proposal Summaries:
About Honors Contracts
At LPC most of our honors coursework is completed through individual honors contracts between a student and his or her instructor. An honors contract should represent a minimum of 25 hours of additional high-level work beyond what is already required in the course. Any transferable course at LPC may become an honors course. Here's how it works:
Suppose an Honors student is interested in taking a Psychology course for honors credit, but the Psychology course she is currently taking is not listed in the schedule as having an embedded-honors option. In this case, the student goes to the instructor during the early weeks of the semester to inquire if that instructor is willing to mentor the student through an honors project. If the instructor agrees, the student and instructor together create and plan the project, and the student submits an Honors Contract Proposal. If the student completes the project to the satisfaction of the instructor and the honors director by the designated date at the end of the term, that student's transcript will have an "Honors" notation on it next to that class.
If a student fails to complete the project, there is no penalty. A student must receive an "A" or "B" in the course for the honors contract to qualify.
Honors contracts consist of in-depth research, demonstration of critical thinking, and scholarship of greater breadth or depth than the normal coursework. The specific content and shape of the projects vary widely and should be designed to help prepare the student for work at a four-year institution. Topics are individual and very flexible, but here are some examples:
- a traditional research paper
- a case study or series of case studies
- a specialized lab experiment
- an art project
- a musical composition
- a literary composition
- an original software or hardware creation
- an empirical research study or fieldwork
- an extensive gathering and analysis of statistical data
Honors Contract Guidelines
- The project proposed should require at least 25 hours of additional student work.
- The Honors student should have contact with the student's mentor for guidance at least every 2-3 weeks.
- The project should involve critical thinking, creativity, rigorous scholarship, and independent study.
- The project should require original work and should engage primary sources whenever possible.
- Clear outcomes for the project must be detailed in the project proposal.
All projects should contain a written analysis and comparative scholarship even when the project’s primary outcome is laboratory research, performance, or a physical artifact.
Four Steps to Completing an Honors Project in Your Course