Teaching Honors

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Why Teach in Honors?

  • Do you want to experiment, create, and collaborate in a teaching-research enviornment geared to asking big questions?
  • Are you interested in impacting general education in a changing world?
  • Do you enjoy interactive environments where students are prepared and eager to participate?
  • Would you welcome a small class of only 15 students?
  • All FTE credit goes to the home department of the faculty member.

Creating the Honors Environment

  • UHON faculty model lifelong practice of research-practice based learning. 
  • Not surveys, UHON courses introduce students to how particular disciplines approach enduring and pressing questions that are embedded in every discipline
  • When appropriate, courses may be writing intensive; integrate studies and creative practice.
  • Students are expected to fully participate in class, and should be given the opportunity to do so.

Characteristics of an Honors Course

  • Small enough for close attention to individual student learning. University Honors Program seminars (UHON 351) that satisfy University Core Curriculum requirements are capped at 15.
  • Chosen by a panel of their peers, all UHON seminars are taught by faculty who are leaders in their research and practice
  • Innovative in teaching and learning. Each UHON seminar is a memorable experience for both students and faculty in an engaged community of learning. Like graduate seminars, UHON courses offer sustained discussion, group projects, multi-media classrooms, Service learning, Problem-based Learning and/or independent research and creative activities.
  • Comprised of truly exceptional students. Eager to learn, well prepared, and broadly curious, UHON students generally motivate each other to assume much of the responsibility for the course themselves.
  • Original in content and focus. UHON courses push disciplinary boundaries and some are organized in a cluster around a specific theme each year.   thus, each course can fulfill more than one area in the Core Curricullum.

Honors Student Profile

  • Entering honors freshman have scored in the 90th percentile on the ACT. Students must maintain the minimum GPA of 3.3 to remain in the program.
  • Honors students expect active student/instructor interaction and respond well to in-class discussion.
  • Honors students are not afraid to take on challenging projects, as long as they do not appear to be busywork. They get enough of that in high school honors courses.