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Teaching Honors Courses

The University Honors Program solicits proposals for the teaching of undergraduate Honors Connection Seminars each year for the following year.  Typically the course titles include the following:

  • HON 100 Honors Connection I (3 credits)—Interdisciplinary seminar that emphasizes the connections between areas of knowledge such as the sciences, arts, philosophy, history, literature, and sociology.
  • HON 200 Honors Connection II (3 credits)—Interdisciplinary seminar that seeks to engage students in a concentrated analysis of their values in the context of the times. 

The Honors Connections Seminars generally enroll 10-25 Honors students.

The courses must be interdisciplinary by design, and members of the faculty are encouraged to submit proposals that draw from different discipline traditions or combine fields of study.  Courses with co-instructors are allowed, although the funding must be split between the departments or instructors. Engaged teaching pedagogy is encouraged with readings and discussions forming the central core of the course.  Instructors may require team or individual projects, research work, community-engaged projects, and/or presentations as part of the course experience.

The proposed course must include at least 3 of the 5 Honors Program student learning outcomes at either an introductory or developing level.

Course topics that have been offered in past years have included the following:

  • Fear of Other
  • Arthurian Legends
  • Aesthetics
  • Global Citizenship
  • Urban Development and Alternative Communities
  • American Road Stories

Faculty members interested in teaching an Honors Connections Seminar should submit a brief course proposal (2-3 pages) including a list of proposed assignments and readings and noting the associated student learning outcomes. Please include the semester/years you would be interested in teaching the course, and if known, include the general days/times that the course would most likely be offered (e.g. Monday evenings, Tuesday/Thursdays late afternoon). Program areas can expect to receive replacement funding for one regular course, or faculty members may request overload compensation if approved by their department. 

Faculty members may submit a course proposal even if no active call for proposal has been announced. 

Course proposals should be submitted to the Honors Program via email to honors@unco.edu. If you have questions, please contact the program office at 351-2940.