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Teaching Honors Courses

The University Honors Program is currently soliciting proposals from faculty members to teach courses in the undergraduate Honors program for delivery in 2024–25, 2025-26 and beyond. Faculty may propose new subtitles for HON 395 Special Topics courses, Honors 100 or 200 level seminars with any theme, and may propose to teach a current LAC-approved Honors course. 

Cost of in-load Honors teaching will be expensed to Honors/Undergraduate Studies, improving home department cost of instruction metrics. Faculty who wish to teach an honors course as overload must have approval of their unit leader & college dean (confirming in-load duties will not be adversely affected) as well as the Schulze Chair and the AVP for Undergraduate Studies (confirming willingness to fund the overload in this case).

Schulze Interdisciplinary Course Development Grants

Robert O. Schulze served as Dean of UNC’s College of Arts and Sciences from 1972 until 1981 and was a Professor of Sociology here from the time of his arrival in 1972 until he retired in 1987. He was known and loved for his remarkable wit, buoyant humor, and academic passion. A strong believer in the importance of interdisciplinary work, he was instrumental in starting the Life of the Mind program as well as programs in Environmental Studies, Women’s Studies, Africana Studies, and Philosophy. The Schulze Honors Course Development Grant honors his legacy by supporting UNC faculty in the development or extensive redesign of courses with a dedicated interdisciplinary focus, to be delivered as part of the University Honors Program.

Incentive Course Development Grants will be awarded in the following amounts:

  • $2000 for new, high-impact courses (LAC and GT Pathways)
  • $1500 for all other courses

Please note that incentive funding is available for retooling existing syllabi/course assignments/course materials for courses currently in the catalog as well as for designing new courses to be added to the catalog. Prospective instructors may submit a proposal to teach an honors course, with or without applying for the incentive funds. 

Honors Course Proposal and Development Grant Application

The application for teaching an honors course, with or without a development grant, consists of a short proposal which should include the following:

  • instructor name, email, and department/program
  • proposed course number, title (included customized title for variable title courses, or sub-title for any other course), a description of the course, and preferred semester (e.g. Spring 2025, Fall 2025, Spring 2026)
  • Honors student learning outcomes that the proposed course will address (see Honors Courses)
  • a brief statement (no more than 500 words) on why the proposed course supports the Schulze mission of interdisciplinary education and the Honors mission of diverse/inclusive and culturally responsive teaching.
  • a brief letter of support from instructor's department chair/program director

Please submit all application materials to the Schulze chair, Corinne Wieben at corinne.wieben@unco.edu. by Monday, March 12, 2024, for priority consideration.

Team teaching

Applications from individuals or teams of instructors in any academic discipline are welcome. Applicants wishing to propose a co-taught course may determine how to split the grant money among course instructors. 


Awarded Schulze grant recipients must complete a short training session on Canvas, focusing on the effective design and delivery of interdisciplinary and Honors courses. They will receive half of the grant amount after completing this training. The remaining half will be awarded after the recipient has submitted a final report following the successful delivery of the proposed course. This report should evaluate the course design's effectiveness, highlighting its strengths and identifying opportunities for improvement.

If you have questions, please contact the program office at 351-2940 or Corinne Wieben, Schulze Chair for Honors and Interdisciplinary Studies at corinne.wieben@unco.edu.

Honors Course Basic Information

Course List

  • HON 100 Honors Connection I (3 credits)— Interdisciplinary seminar that emphasizes the connections between areas of knowledgesuch as the sciences, arts, philosophy, history, literature, and sociology. This course is normally developed around a specific theme or conceptual framework. (At least three SLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5)
  • HON 180 Great Ideas in Context (3 credits)—An introduction to global intellectual and cultural traditions through reading and discussion of classic works of literature. LAA2- Arts&Hum-Lit&Humanities and LAIS-International Studies and GT (All LAC Content and Competency requirements plus at least three SLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5)
  • HON 182 Confluence of Cultures (3 credits)— An exploration of African American, Asian American, Hispanic American, Native American or U.S. immigrant cultures from historical, literary, and artistic perspectives. LAA2-Arts&Hum-Lit&Humanities and LAMS- Multicultural Studies and GT Literature (All LAC Content and Competency requirements plus at least three SLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5)
  • HON 185 Religions and Worldviews (3 credits)— Explores major religious and non- religious worldviews by examining the history, literature, rituals, and teachings of a selection of religious traditions and worldviews, as well as influential ancient and modern critiques of religion. Also considers the ways in which people construct worldviews, as well as the possibilities for inter-religious dialogue. LAA3-Arts&Hum-Ways of Thinking and GT Ways of Thinking (All LAC Content and Competency requirements plus at least three SLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5)
  • HON 200 Honors Connection II (3 credits)— Interdisciplinary seminar that seeks to engage students in a concentrated analysis of their values in the context of the times, developed around a specific theme or conceptual framework. (At least three SLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5)
  • HON 395 Honors Special Topics (3 credits) – VARIABLE TITLE An advanced study of selected topics of an interdisciplinary nature for Honors Program students. (At least three SLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5)
  • HON420 Honors Research Methods(3 credits) - Examination of research paradigms and methodologies to develop the most appropriate research methods and data analysis processes to design and develop a successful honors thesis proposal. (At least three SLOs: 1, 2, 3, 4 or5)
  • ANY NEW COURSE that would be proposed for future inclusion as an LAC/GT-Pathways course. May be rolled out as a Special Topics while submitting for LAC/GT-Pathways approval.

Select any course title above for a sample syllabus.

Course Sections and Course caps

HON 180, 182, and 185 are capped at 25 Honors students.

HON 100, 200, and 395 are capped at 25 students and typically enroll 12-25 Honors students.

Honors Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Creative and Critical Thinking: Think and speak analytically with a unique sense of self in order to synthesize and demonstrate learning from multiple mediums.
  2. Inquiry Analysis and Integrative learning: Connect and extend knowledge from one's own academic focus to other disciplines and to the world beyond UNC.
  3. Written and Oral Communication: Communicate one's thoughts on paper and in speech effectively with a scholarly voice by using evidentiary support and critical reasoning, within philosophical, analytical and theoretical frameworks appropriate to the discipline. Use appropriate citation and attribution for the discipline and join in the scholarly discourse.
  4. Intercultural Competence and Global Learning: Become cognizant of and engage with a diverse range of cultures, religions and beliefs.
  5. Community/Civic Engagement and Problem-solving: Invest in the community and empower self and others to make a positive impact on the community with a systems-based

Honors Program Student Learning Outcomes: Full rubric of Honors Program Student Learning Outcomes with details and progressive levels of mastery. Honors 100-200 level classes should include SLOs at introductory or developing levels. Honors 300 level classes may include developing or mastery levels. Honors 400 level classes should include mastery levels.

Benefits of Teaching Honors Courses

  • The opportunity to design and deliver robust interdisciplinary offerings highlighting your specific interests (all HON courses must be interdisciplinary by design).
  • The opportunity to expand your pedagogical strategies (all HON courses must incorporate engaged, culturally inclusive projects).
  • Support for team-teaching (if desired) and replacement funds (if needed). Note that a maximum of 3 credit hours is available per course.