Make your own Honors Course

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Make your own class!

If you could create a class what would it be?  What is it that you would like to study? 

The University Honors Program invites all Honors students to propose course topics for a UHON seminar for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021. 

We are looking for proposals that:

  • Ask deep questions of interest to students from different majors
  • Are proposed by teams of at least two students
  • Bring together faculty from different disciplines to open up new perspectives
  • Reflect on the human condition and our relation to our environment

Your proposal (max one page) should include:

  • A brief description of your topic
  • Why is it important?
  • How will it be taught—lab, field, classroom, seminar, performance, a hybrid of methods, etc.?
  • One or two faculty/Departments who should lead it. This is a process we will help you with. At this stage, you do not have to have your faculty lined up.
  • Key texts/ works/ authors/scholars/artists/evidence to be considered
  • How would you like to be involved in the class? What do you want out of it? Is this for Fall 2020 or Spring 2021?

This initiative follows our first two student generated classes:

Innovations in Sustainability: Surviving in a changing world (Fall 2019), proposed by Carly Kasicki and Jacob Coddington that brought together faculty from Geology, Art and Design, Agriculture, Architecture, and Engineering to design and work on projects related to sustainability; and The Evergreen Community Model (Spring 2020), proposed by Grant Depoy and Jacob Bolten during which students will build an intercultural children’s garden in the university’s graduate housing complex, bringing together sustainable agricultural practices with stories and narratives cultures tell children about forests and gardens.

We look forward to hearing your ideas! Deadline: November 25, 2019.  Submit your proposals to honors@siu.edu.