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Teaching Honors Courses

The University Honors Program solicits proposals from full time faculty members to teach courses in the undergraduate Honors program, with the following course titles and catalog descriptions:

  • HON101 Honors Introduction to Critical Thinking (1 credit) - An introductory seminar for honors students, emphasizing critical and creative thinking, perspective taking, inquiry, and intercultural competencies through in depth discussions on contemporary issues, engaged learning opportunities, and community-based projects.  May be developed around a theme.  A sample syllabus can be provided as a guideline.  All 5 of the honors student learning outcomes should be introduced in the course. SAMPLE HON101 SYLLABUS.
  • HON 100 Honors Connection I (3 credits)— Variable content. Interdisciplinary seminar that emphasizes the connections between areas of knowledge such as the sciences, arts, philosophy, history, literature, and sociology. This course is normally developed around a specific theme or conceptual framework. SAMPLE HON100 SYLLABUS.
  • HON 200 Honors Connection II (3 credits)— Variable content.  Interdisciplinary seminar that seeks to engage students in a concentrated analysis of their values in the context of the times.  This course is normally developed around a specific theme or conceptual framework. SAMPLE HON200 SYLLABUS.
  • HON395 Honors Special Topics (3 credits) – VARIABLE TITLE. An advanced study of selected topics of an interdisciplinary nature for Honors Program students. Has traditionally been held in the summer term as a fully on-line course, however all course delivery options are available. SAMPLE HON395 SYLLABUS.
  • HON420 Honors Research Methods (3 credits) - Examination of research paradigms and methodologies to develop the most appropriate research methods and data analysis processes to design and develop a successful honors thesis project. SAMPLE HON420 SYLLABUS.
  • HON351 Honors Junior Seminar/Project Design Course (3 credits) - A seminar required of honors students at the beginning of the honors thesis project process that provides the opportunity for students to discuss and explore topics for study and project design options. An honors project preliminary proposal is developed during the course and a thesis project advisor is selected. SAMPLE HON351 SYLLABUS.
  • HON451 Honors Thesis Project (1-4 credits) - This course facilitates students completing an honors research thesis, applied project, or creative capstone project. Students will develop their thesis project in conjunction with their thesis project advisor. The course includes required monthly meetings, required reflection on the process, and required presentations.  SAMPLE HON451 SYLLABUS.
  • HON452 – Honors Senior Seminar (1 credit) - This course provides a cohort-based experience for Honors seniors. The course is designed to provide an opportunity for students to gather as a community for weekly discussion sessions to reflect on their honors educational experience, to critically challenge one another to discover deeper connections between this experience and the world, to engage in workshops on graduate school and career possibilities in conversation with staff and alumni, and to share in a series of conversations and presentations that articulate and assess the outcomes of their learning through portfolios, showcase events, and/or honors thesis nights. SAMPLE HON452 SYLLABUS

Course Requirements

All courses must be interdisciplinary by design, and members of the faculty are encouraged to submit proposals that draw from different disciplinary traditions or combine fields of study.  Courses with co-instructors are allowed, although replacement funding is only available for one course. Engaged, culturally inclusive teaching pedagogy is required.  The courses may not be simply “lecture/test” style courses.  Past courses have included team and individual projects, research work, community-engaged projects, and/or presentations as part of the course experience.

Honors Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Creative and Critical Thinking: Think and speak analytically with a unique sense of self in order to synthesize and demonstrate learning from multiple mediums.
  2. Inquiry Analysis and Integrative learning: Connect and extend knowledge from one's own academic focus to other disciplines and to the world beyond UNC.
  3. Written and Oral Communication: Communicate one's thoughts on paper and in speech effectively with a scholarly voice by using evidentiary support and critical reasoning, within philosophical, analytical and theoretical frameworks appropriate to the discipline. Use appropriate citation and attribution for the discipline and join in the scholarly discourse.
  4. Intercultural Competence and Global Learning: Become cognizant of and engage with a diverse range of cultures, religions and beliefs.
  5. Community/Civic Engagement and Problem-solving: Invest in the community and empower self and others to make a positive impact on the community with a systems-based approach.

Sample Topics from past HON100, HON200 and HON395

Course topics that have been offered in past years through the HON100 , HON200 and HON395 course prefixes have included the following:

  • Fear of Other (sample syllabus available on the Honors Program website)
  • Arthurian Legends
  • Aesthetics
  • Urban Development and Alternative Communities
  • American Road Stories
  • Dictatorship and Democracy
  • Global Citizenship in your Neighborhood: Community Asset Mapping
  • Journalism for non-journalism majors

Course Sections and Course caps

HON101 is required for all first semester Honors Interdisciplinary Program students.  Multiple sections will be offered with caps of 20-25. A single instructor may propose to instruct between 1 to 3 sections.  Honors Program may choose to run 3 sections with 3 different instructors.

 HON100, HON200, HON351, HON395, and HON420 typically enroll 10-15 Honors students and one section is offered each semester.


Preference will be given to faculty who are able to offer the course in load (including as part of a workload reassignment) if possible. Adjunct replacement funds can be provided to the faculty member’s department where necessary to free up the faculty member’s time for Honors teaching. Faculty who wish to teach an honors course as overload must have approval of both their chair and dean.

 PLEASE NOTE: the Honors Program is currently seeking to schedule courses for the next two years based on proposals received in Spring 2020.

Submission Process

Brief (2-3 page) proposals should be submitted to the Honors Program via email to loree.crow@unco.edu, copying your department chair. Proposals should include

  1.  the specific Honors Prefix, preferred semester/year and schedule (e.g. T/R before noon)
  2. a course title and description
  3. a tentative list of proposed assignments and readings highlighting how assignments relate to the associated student learning outcomes for the course
  4. whether replacement funds will be required

Deadlines for 2020/2021/2022

Honors Program is seeking to schedule courses for the next two years based on proposals received in Spring 2020.

  • Fullest consideration will be given to completed proposals submitted by January 20th, 2020.
  • Faculty interested in teaching Fall 2020 should email Loree Crow as soon as possible, and must submit completed proposals by January 20th, 2020.
  • Faculty interested in teaching Spring 2021, Fall 2021 or Spring 2022 must email Loree Crow with Course title, description and semester of interest by January 20th deadline, and must submit full proposals no later than Monday, March 2, 2020.

 Selection Process

  • All proposals will be reviewed by the Honors Program Faculty Advisory Committee.
  • Priority will be given to courses taught by full-time UNC faculty with
    • diverse/inclusive reading selections
    • evidence of culturally responsive teaching practices and assignment design
  • Remember: faculty members must have the specific permission of their chair/program coordinator/school director to instruct outside of their home department (either through workload reassignment or in exchange for replacement funding). Faculty who wish to teach an honors course as overload must have approval of both their chair/coordinator/director and dean.

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

 If you have questions, please contact the program office at 351-2940.