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

PHYS 322:

Introduction to Modern Physics

The 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 PHYS 322.

SP CM 327:

Persuasion & Social Influence

The 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.

POL S 235:

Introduction to Ethics & Politics

The 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.

ENGL 312:

Biological Communication

The 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.

AGRON 342:

World Food Issues

The 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.

S E 185:

Problem Solving in Software Engineering

The 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.

MICRO 302:

Biology of Microorganisms

The 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.

CHEM 210:

Material and Energy Balances

The 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.

BIOL 211:

Principles of Biology I

The 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.


Digital Production in Event Management

The 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. 

WGS 450:

Topics in Women's Studies

This 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.

ASL 101:

American Sign Language I

The student will research independently about deaf culture by exploring the impact of COVID-19 on the deaf community. Interviews will be conducted via phone or Wavello.The student will compile their research into a report/paper at the end of the semester to be disseminated to their peers.

POL S 241:

Democracy & Dictatorship: Introduction to Comparative Politics

The student will compile real-world examples of course content and meet with the instructor every other week to discuss the differences and similarities between their examples and the class's examples.The student will compose a research paper summarizing their discussions and conclusions.

ENT 358X:

Bee Biology, Management, & Beekeeping

The student will work closely with the instructor(s) to conceptualize and plan field days wherein the class interacts with honey bee colonies to learn how to extract honey, conduct hive inspections, and identify indicators of colony health. The student will also help to lead their classmates as they engage with the lesson plans.Before the conclusion of the course, the student will compile a report of what they learned through the experience.

PSYCH 360:

Personality Psychology

The student will assist the instructor in researching the process of experimental design and data analysis for sleep deprivation and impacts on personality.The student will compile quantitative results from the data analysis activities.

EDUC 448:

Teaching Children Mathematics

The student will record their last required tutoring session (virtual) with a second-grader. The student will then reflect upon their chosen teaching methods for that session. They will also create the lesson plan for this session centered around a framework chosen by the instructor.The student will compose an in-depth reflection and discuss its contents with the instructor.

CJ ST 484:

Topical Studies in Criminal & Juvenile Justice

The student will watch five videos about homicide, then attempt to explain why the offender engaged in the depicted homicidal behavior via written reflections and virtual meetings with the instructor. The student will also be tasked with connecting each video to course content.The student will write a two-page paper for each video assigned.

MGMT 310:

Entrepreneurship & Innovation

The student will create their own business model meant to evaluate the validity and feasibility of a business opportunity chosen by the student.The student will share their final business model with the instructor, which will be used as an example for future iterations of the course.