The Honors College staff is available to answer questions and support faculty teaching
Honors courses. Please consult our Honors College Faculty Handbook for more information
about the Honors College students, mission, goals, requirements and resources.
Creating an Honors Seminar
The Honors College invites faculty to create new Honors seminars. Honors seminars
are one-semester courses (typically 3 units) designed to enable students and faculty
to examine special topics. Honors seminars should encourage undergraduate research,
interdisciplinary perspectives, critical thinking and global awareness.
Examples of current Honors seminars include:
International Food and Culture
Narrative Perspectives in Disability: Learning about Disability through Literature
The Polluted States of America
The Idea of the University
Brazil, Music, and Globalization
Enrollment in Honors seminars is limited to no more than 20 students. Honors seminars
may be taught during any term (including summer and minimester).
Faculty are eligible to receive $500 in course development funds after their Honors
seminars are approved by the Honors College Curriculum Committee. The Honors College
is especially interested in offering Honors seminars that also provide Core curriculum
All Honors College courses are evaluated by students each term. Students answer Honors-specific
questions as part of their one-time online course evaluation. Faculty are given a
summary of the results at the end of the term. A sample of the online student evaluation
form is available in the Honors College Faculty Handbook.
Faculty teaching Honors seminars that carry Core Curriculum credit must complete assessment
reports according to the Honors College assessment plans. Assessment data is collected
at the end of each semester.
Honors College Curriculum Committee
The Honors College Curriculum Committee consists of faculty appointed by the rector of
the Honors College in such a way as to assure that the six degree-granting colleges
of the university are represented. The rector will also appoint an Honors College
student representative. In addition, the rector of the Honors College will serve as
an ex officio member. The duties of the Honors Curriculum Committee are the following:
To evaluate for approval proposed Honors courses
To evaluate for approval changes to existing Honors courses
To inform the University Course Approval Reporting Committee of such action