Honors Contracts - Fall 2017

An Honors Contract offers students the opportunity to participate in a substantial academic project in collaboration with their professor for a course in which they hope to earn Honors credit.

A detailed guide to Honors Contract Projects for students


Criteria:
A student may apply for an Honors Contract if he/she meets the following criteria:

  • Students must have completed a minimum of 9 college credits with a minimum GPA of 3.
  • If a student's GPA is below 3.0, he/she must provide a written recommendation from an individual faculty member or department chair indicating a significant strength in the discipline for which an Honors contract is requested.
  • Incoming students with a strong high school background may complete an Honors Contract application with written permission from a faculty member, department chair or the Director of the Honors Program

Application Deadline:
DEADLINE EXTENDED: The Fall 2017 deadline for submitting an Honors Contract Application has been extended to Friday, October 16, 5 p.m. Honors Contract Applications should be submitted to Dr. Andrea Salis, Office of Academic Affairs, Administration Building, Room A503. Students should retain a copy of their completed Application for their records. All applications will be reviewed and scored by members of the Honors Committee. Applicants will be notified by email as to the status of their application by the following week.

If your application is approved, you have until the end of the fall semester to complete your Honors Contract work.

Fall 2017 Honors Contract Application


Honors Contract Requirements:

  1. Completion of a Research 101 Certificate Class. (This class need only be taken once during the student's career at Queensborough Community College.)
  2. Honors credit will be given ONLY to the course directly associated to the work described in the contract. Both the Honors coursework and the course it is associated with must be taken during the same semester.
  3. Students must receive a grade of B- or better in the course for which they have pursued an Honors Contract to receive Honors credit.

Research 101 Certificate:
If your Honors Contract Project Application is approved, you must subsequently complete a Research 101 Certificate Class offered by the QCC Library in order to receive honors credit. Lasting about one hour, the one-session class is offered at different times so students can choose the time that works best for their schedule. Note: student does not need to attend the workshop if they have done so previously. For class dates and to sign up, go to: https://qcc.libcal.com

For questions regarding Research 101, please contact Professor Mohess via email at NMohess@qcc.cuny.edu or call at 718-631-6601. No Honors credits will be awarded unless completion of Research 101 is confirmed.

The Review Process:
All contract applications will be reviewed by members of the Honors Committee and scored utilizing a rubric. A minimum of two Committee members will review and score each contract application. If two members do not reach a consensus regarding the scoring of the contract, a third member will be asked to score. Committee members have the option to accept the contract as provided or request that a revision be made. All applicants will be advised as to the status of their application. Recommendations for revision are shared with applicants who will have a finite time to provide a revised application.

The Final Product:

  1. All completed Honors projects, along with the signed Certificate of Completion, must be submitted to Ms. Carol Imandt, Office of Academic Affairs, Administration Building, Room A503, on or before Wednesday, December 20, 2017. This due date is non-negotiable.
  2. All Honors work must be completed in accordance with Honors standards and CUNY's policy of academic integrity.
  3. Honors Contract submission material (final project) is expected to meet the criteria below; your professor (aka, faculty mentor) will provide specific guidelines for your project.

Your Honors Contract should incorporate at least some of the following criteria/characteristics:

  • Involvement that goes beyond normal course assignments; typical examples include field research, interviews, original compositions or artworks, or laboratory research.
  • A lecture, recital or presentation appropriate to the discipline.
  • Research that clearly articulates and addresses an interesting, manageable disciplinary or theoretical problem.
  • Research that engages more deeply with the relevant scholarly or professional literature, or with a wider range of texts.
  • Research that demonstrates mastery of methodology, vocabulary, or theory within the discipline, and/or more extensive or challenging readings, research or writing projects than what is ordinarily included in a university course in that discipline and at that level.
  • Uses the citation system appropriate to the discipline.

Research 101 Certificate Class

If your Honors Contract Project Application is approved, you must subsequently complete a Research 101 Certificate Class offered by the QCC Library in order to receive honors credit. Lasting about one hour, the one-session class is offered at different times so students can choose the time that works best for their schedule. Note: student does not need to attend the workshop if they have done so previously. For class dates and to sign up, go to: https://qcc.libcal.com/


PLEASE BE ON TIME – we cannot accommodate latecomers.

Contact Professor Neera Mohess if you have any questions at nmohess@qcc.cuny.edu or 718-281-5067

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