Information for Faculty

How Do I Submit My Course To The UHC

  • Include in a cover letter for whom the course is intended (e.g., what level of preparation is expected), the way(s) in which the course is more educationally demanding than a regular course, how the course will be conducted (i.e., lectures vs. discussion), whether primary source materials are used, and evidence of teaching excellence (i.e., evaluations from other courses, either here or elsewhere).
  • Complete the Instructor and Course Information sections of the UHC Course Proposal Form:

UHC Course Proposal Form (MS Word Version)
UHC Course Proposal Form (PDF Version)

  • If this is the first time this course will be offered through the Honors College - or - if this is a previous honors course offering being revised significantly, include an additional sheet to address the Supplemental Course Information
  • Obtain approval signatures
  • Submit all materials to Gordon Mitchell, Assistant Dean, University Honors College, 3600 Cathedral of Learning

What is an Honors Course

Courses offered by the University Honors College (UHC) are intended to address the special educational needs of talented, motivated, and curious undergraduates. UHC courses invite undergraduates to take a more difficult route through the University than required. In general, UHC courses should provide:

  • In-depth treatments of disciplinary or interdisciplinary topics rather than treatments which are just specialized, advanced, or accelerated
  • Intellectually demanding but manageable treatments as measured by workload and required effort
  • Stimulating and fulfilling treatments as evidenced by satisfaction for both participating students and faculty

UHC coursework is also intended to encourage curricular breadth, to emphasize free inquiry as a stimulus to independent thought, and to foster a disciplined intelligence through the critical understanding of ideas and principles. To fulfill these objectives, spirit and style of instruction as well as class size may be important considerations. Courses should transcend the passive acquisition of information to emphasize conceptual analysis, synthesis, discussion, and clarity of thought and expression whether written, oral or mathematical.

We seek courses at all undergraduate academic levels and are especially interested in expanding the number of introductory level classes available to honors caliber students. In addition, UHC encourages faculty from the professional schools to propose special UHC offerings. Please note that UHC courses typically have no (or minimal) prerequisites, an average class size of 18 students (although some science lecture classes may be larger), and teaching evaluations, administered by the Office for the Evaluation of Teaching, are mandatory.

Faculty with any questions about course content, difficulty, suitability, adaptability, target populations, etc., are encouraged to contact the honors college at 412-624-6880.