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How to Propose an Honors Class

Propose an Honors course for next year (summer, fall or spring). Share your talent with some great students! The UNCW Honors College is an academic enrichment program for students who graduated at the top of their high school classes with outstanding SAT/ACT scores and notable records for scholarly and community engagement. Honors students are bright, motivated, and unafraid to ask good questions and discuss issues. They want to be active participants in their own education, and represent the high caliber student we all appreciate in our classrooms. If you would like to design and teach a course for such students, please consider submitting a proposal for any of the following options:

Instructions for submitting Honors Cousre Proposal Form: Instructors please fill out form completely. Once completed please save a copy for yourself and forward this attachment to your department chair. Department chair should sign off electronically on form and them press the EMAIL SUBMIT FORM which will direct the form to the Honors College!

Honors University Studies (3 credits; 4 if with lab) Honors 120 Enrichment Seminars (1 credit) Honors 210 Interdisciplinary Seminar (3 credits) HON 110 Honors First Year Seminar (3 credits)

Course Proposal Form


Honors Course Proposal Form

Honors College Faculty Handbook

Teaching Honors Courses at UNCW: Faculty Opportunities

Tstudents and faculty at chancellor's househere are several opportunities to teach Honors courses at UNCW. All honors sections are limited to 20 students.

  1. Many faculty have already adapted a UNIVERSITY STUDIES class so that it can be taught "at honors level." The honors course section will cover the typical content of the university studies class, but will offer unique learning experiences, such as seminar format, extensive use of primary sources, more intensive laboratory work, or hands-on experience, etc. If a faculty member would like to propose an honors level basic studies course section, he or she may be eligible for a CTE Curriculum Development Stipend if this will involve substantial revision to the format of the traditional basic studies format. An honors section of a university studies class meets university studies requirements.
  2. There are three types of Honors prefix SEMINARS.
    • HON 110 is a first-year seminar (3 hours credit) introducing the students to the idea of the university and what it means to be part of that community. The seminar explores the nature of knowledge. HON 110 is interdisciplinary and each section has a unique theme. This class requires group work, individual projects, and service. HON 110 meets the University Studies requirement for first-year seminar, as well as partially meets requirements for Information Literacy.
    • HON 210, 211, and 212 are interdisciplinary, often team-taught, sophomore level seminars (3 hours credit). The purpose is to investigate a special topic through a variety of disciplines. Some current seminars are: Spies and Fundamentalists; Nature: Science & Literature; Geography of Race Relations; Defining Art and Music; Exploration of Culture: Walking El Camino de Santiago; Scandinavian Literature: Ugly Duckling to Girl with Dragon Tattoo. HON 211 meets University Studies requirements for Living in Our Diverse Nation. HON 212 meets University Studies requirements for Living in a Global Society.
    • HON 120 and HON 121 are 1 hour enrichment seminars. The purpose is to explore an area using a more "hands-on", direct experience approach. Topics include: Health & Wellness; Developing a personal Wilderness Philosophy; Observing Animal Behavior; Animals & Society; Wilmington Culture; The Strange World of Quantum Mechanics; Hypermedia Technology; Consciousness, Time & the Near Death Experience; Photography; and Exploring the Coast in Art & Literature. HON 121 meets Exploration Beyond the Classroom student learning outcomes.
    • HON 110 is only offered Fall semester; HON 210/211/212 and HON 120/121 may be proposed for either Fall or Spring semesters.
  3. On occasion, we have offered honors level sections of existing upper level courses. This class retains the departmental prefix but is designated as an honors section. Again, this means that the teaching style is likely to be different from that used in the traditional section. All honors scholars enrolled in the class would be eligible for honors level credit for the class and this would be designated as such on the transcript.
  4. Honors Contracts are another type of honors teaching experience. In this class, the professor and the honors scholar student make a contract (similar to a DIS proposal) to add honors level experience(s) to an ongoing course, so that the student does "honors level work" in the class (but only that student does the work and receives the honors credit). This may mean that the student engages in additional reading- such as primary sources- with additional or different types of papers for the class. For example, the student might add a critique/analysis to a general class paper. Or the student may learn a particular section of material well enough to make a special presentation to the class. The student must earn at least a B (3.0) to receive honors level credit for the course (designated as such on the transcript). Typically, 300 or 400 level classes are eligible for honors level contracts. This can be a very unique learning experience for your best majors and a way for them to explore a particular content area in depth.
  5. Supervision of departmental honors (499) is another way to teach honors students. While only students formally admitted into the Honors College are allowed to enroll in the courses described above, any UNCW student with a 3.2 overall and 74 hours can enroll in departmental honors. This is the student's introduction to scholarship in the major discipline area. The faculty member will mentor a student through the process of defining a question to research or explore in a scholarly way; the process of conducting the project; and the process of presenting the work in a form appropriate for scholarship in the discipline. Many faculty feel that this is one of the best ways that teaching and scholarship/research are combined. Students register for 499 as three 2-hr credits or two 3-hr credits. The 499 must be conducted over at least 2 semesters. One of the semesters may be a summer session, but not both. Interdisciplinary honors projects (conducted outside the student's major) may be approved if requested. These are labeled as HON 499.

Honors Course Proposal Form. This form must be approved by the department chair(s) before returning to Honors