Honors Contracts

Any Iowa State University course can be contracted for Honors credit. This process provides students with the opportunity to individualize their academic journey as well as to work closely with faculty. Below are some examples of Honors components that students have completed through the contract process. Contracts are due prior to the fourth Friday of class each semester.

Course Honors ComponentShared Knowledge
PHYS322 - Intro to Modern PhysicsThe student will utilize MATLAB software to simulate the phenomena we discuss in class. The simulations will be used as a teaching aid by the professor for future courses. The idea is for the student to gain a greater understanding of topics covered in class and apply them in a tangible manner.The results will be utilized to assist future students in PHYS322.
SPCOM327 - PersuasionThe student will create and ask all questions following group presentations during the final project. The student will also monitor online information in Canvas and communicate any issues to the professor that need to be addressed. The student will also create an additional final presentation related directly to their future career goals (in this case, family law) utilizing the research studied in the course.The results of this will be shared via a reflection paper that will be shared with the professor and with the Honors Program.
POLS235 - Intro to Ethics & PoliticsThe student will meet once a week for one and a half hours to discuss extra insights into the class as well as extra material that can be read between weekly discussions. This is a completely discussion-based course so the best way to expand the learning in the class is to look further into the philosophical insights of the readings and to apply them to current event topics. During these discussions we will also talk about extra philosophers and concepts that are not discussed in the class. At the end of the semester, the professor and student will have a final discussion summarizing the extra content they have gone over. This can also include a discussion on how the student has grown as a speaker: something very important to the student's future career goals as a lobbyist.
ENGL312-Biological CommunicationThe student will go through a mock graduate school application process for the relevant field. The student will develop personal statements for each program they plan to apply for as well as will go through a mock graduate school interview. This relates directly to the course as the student will apply to graduate school in this field.The student will utilize the materials developed for graduate school applications and will work directly with the professor on a weekly basis.
AGRON342-World Food IssuesThe student will meet weekly with the faculty member to discuss issues of hunger utilizing literary resources. Two additional books have been identified to utilize as well as targeted news articles according to the student's personal interest.The student will create a presentation for a group of faculty members sharing what has been learned.
SE185-Problem Solving in Software EngineeringThe student will learn to write code in the C language and complete additional readings about C, C++, and C# coding. The student will perform a comparative study of these three languages to discuss weekly with the professor. Additionally, the student will create a study guide to be used by classmates prior to each exam. The student will share learning weekly with the professor as well as will share study guides with all students in the class.
MICRO302-Biology of MicroorganismsThe student will survey classmates to determine their interests within the course topics and will utilize data to determine 10 new sources (2 primary papers, 2 science reviewed articles, and 6 news articles) related to the class' top 10 interests. For each source, the student will write an article summary and explain how each pertains to classmates' interests.The student will share learning through the class discussion board as well as with the faculty member during weekly meetings.
CHE210-Material and Energy BalancesThe student will create a board game to practice difficult concepts of the class prior to the final exam. There will also be a trivia/flash card element to the game to help further engage students in the class and break down difficult concepts.The game and trivia cards will be used by all classmates as well as future students in the course.
BIOL211-Principles of Biology IThe student will utilize the iNaturalist app to capture images of various life and log when, where and what was found. The students will create at least five new entries in iNaturalist each week to discuss with the professor.This will be shared at weekly meetings with the faculty member.
EVENT212X-Digital Production in Event ManagementThe student will create multimedia to be incorporated into the coursework using the photography studio, images, digital media, audio files and faculty interviews. The learning will be directly applied at the Hong Kong fashion week event to directly market the work of ISU faculty and graduate students.The student will create a website and will also post on social media in both Chinese and English. 
WS450-Topics in Women's StudiesThis course is offered both to graduate and undergraduate students. The Honors student will complete the graduate-level requirements for the course.The student will meet regularly with the faculty member to share progress.