medallion ceremony

Honors College Faculty CALL for Honors Course Proposals for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021.

Handbooks and Forms for Honors Faculty

Course Related Forms


Assessment Instruments

Honors Course Proposal Form

Honors College Faculty Handbook

Honors University Studies Assessment
Honors Contract Course Form Departmental Honors Handbook Honors 110 Seminar Assessment
Departmental Honors Withdrawal Form Honors 210 Seminar Assessment

Departmental Honors Forms/Resources

Honors 120 Seminar Assessment

Assign Incompletee for Departmental Honors (499) (PDF)

For Faculty Supervisor...

499 Honors Project Assessment completed by faculty mentor


click here for online version!

Honors Curriculum Changes/ effective Fall 2014

HON 121, 211, 212, 499, 191

For Honors Council 499 Liaisons...

Defense Reporting Form A

Defense Reporting Form B (AACU)

Guidelines and Background for Form B- fyi

Teaching Honors Courses at UNCW: Faculty Opportunities

There 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: Biotechnology and Society, HIV/AIDS in Culture, Consumer Culture and Shopping Society, Writing in Action Across Cultures, etc. 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: Happiness Advantage, Avante-Gard in Performance, Medical Humanities, The Story of Wilmington through Archives and Museums, Introduction to Coastal Ecology, Cultures of the Mediterranean. 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.

The Honors Faculty Advisory Council

The Honors Faculty Advisory Council is comprised of twelve faculty members appointed by the Provost.

Current Members of the HFAC

Nominations are made to the Provost by the Faculty Senate Steering Committee which receives recommendations for members from the deans and honors director. Nine members come from the College of Arts and Sciences, and one from CHHS, CSB, and COE. Ex-officio members are the honors director and associate director, director of University College, Advising Center, director of the Center for Teaching Excellence, chair of Academic Standards, the Provost or representative, and the presidents of the Honors Scholars Association and Student Honors Advisory Council. Members serve staggered three year terms.

The Council assists and advises the director on issues of curriculum planning, recruitment and retention of students, scholarship awards, program evaluation, and student concerns. Members of the Council serve as the representatives of the Honors College on honors senior projects. Faculty interested in serving on the Council should request membership via the Faculty Senate Committee Preference Survey.