Texas Tech University


General Contracting Information


Contracting allows an Honors student to earn Honors credit for a non-Honors course by completing work beyond what is required in the course. Only 3000- and 4000-level courses meeting face-to-face are eligible for contracting (online classes, independent studies, and research classes are not eligible).

The Application Process


Step 1: Email the Contracting Coordinator, Kelsey Kimzey for an appointment to obtain a Contract application and to discuss the proposed research paper and presentation. Also, students will be required to submit a syllabus of the course for approval. The appointment should take place the semester before your contracting semester.


Step 2: Meet with the professor to discuss an appropriate research paper, how you will share your paper with an audience, and set-up a general meeting schedule with the professor.


Step 3: Complete the application form with the professor of the contracted course.


Step 4: Submit the completed application to the Honors College before the start of the contracting semester.



Essential Components


A substantial, Honors worthy research paper and presentation are as follows:

  • A 12–15-page research paper with a short presentation of 15-20 minutes. The research paper should enhance course material but not duplicate an assignment on the syllabus.

  • Share the knowledge/skills/experiences gained through a presentation with an audience (the class, a student organization, or other).

  • Regular contact with the professor outside of class to discuss the student's progress and answer questions regarding the research paper is required.

*Pre-Law Academy courses may also be contracted but may require additional materials. 


Graduate Contracts

Applications MUST be completed the semester before the contracting semester.


*If a graduate course is cross listed with an undergraduate course, a student may be required to provide additional materials. 


Questions may be directed to Kelsey Kimzey, the Honors Contracting Coordinator.