Honors Option Contract

Honors students who have completed a semester at Drury can transform a "regular" Drury class into an honors course thought the Honors Option Contract.

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The Honors Option Contract allows honors students to take a non-honors class for honors credit. Students who add an honors option to a class must design a research or creative project under the direction of that class’s instructor. Thus the option challenges students to become independent researchers in a manner that is not always possible in a regular class setting.

Students who want to add an honors option to a class should ideally get in touch with the instructor before the start of the semester, but definitely no later than the end of the first week of class. The student should suggest an idea for a project or ask the instructor for ideas. In either case, the instructor may need to lend some guidance in arriving at a workable proposal. Listed below are examples of the kind of work that might be suitable for an honors option.

  • analyze the works of a given group of philosophers;
  • compile an annotated bibliography on a specific topic;
  • view and analyze films on a particular subject, for example, early and late films of a Shakespeare play, such as Hamlet;
  • conduct experiments in the area of robotics, chemistry, or biology (the physics of a guitar; growth-factor gene in zebra fish, fruit fly gene, etc)
  • research a topic and write a paper using primary sources;
  • teach a unit or topic to the class;
  • prepare a paper to present at a student conference--discipline-based, the National Collegiate Honors Conference, or the Great Plains Honors Conference;
  • conduct oral interviews on a specific topic and present findings in video or oral presentation.

A student who wants to add an honors option to a class should do the following:

  • discuss with the instructor the possibility of adding an honors option;
  • decide with the faculty member what the project will entail;
  • submit the proposal on the honors option form;
  • provide all the information that is requested;
  • obtain the appropriate signatures;
  • return the form to Richard Schur in 316 Pearsons Hall by the end of the second week of the semester.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with the honors director at rschur@drury.edu or 873-6834.