Courses are an important component of the University Honors College (UHC) experience. UHC works with some of the finest professors in the University to carefully design courses that will challenge and broaden how you think about the world.
There are 90–100 courses offered every year, and they range from introductory courses to upper-level seminars. The classes are challenging but not overly specialized; rather, honors college courses have the following characteristics:
Small class size
The average size of a UHC humanities or social science course is 18, while the science lecture courses are somewhat larger (but still smaller than their non-honors equivalents). The smaller size allows for more interaction between professor and student as well as interaction between student and student.
In-depth treatment of course content
The honors college emphasizes courses that are in depth rather than accelerated. UHC courses stress critical thinking and synthesis and the historical and theoretical foundations of the discipline. Emphasis is given to primary sources rather than survey texts. In short, you will read, write, and think more, and learn more.
Just as students choose and are chosen to take UHC courses, so too are the professors. Faculty wishing to teach in the honors college must submit course proposals, which are carefully reviewed and selected by the UHC advisory board.
UHC course work is indicated on your transcript; however, it is not weighted any differently from non-honors classes. As such, anyone reviewing your transcript for graduate school, professional school, or employment will know that you have chosen to take a more challenging route through the University than you needed to.