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Creating an Honors College Course


Honors courses emphasize independent work and more advanced study than do regular courses. Honors courses foster discussion, collaboration, and mutual discovery among faculty and students, but there are several ways for faculty to engage Honors students. Honors courses are likely to entail more writing, research, and hands-on practical work than regular courses. Following the mission of the Honors College, Honors instructors are encouraged to incorporate play and improvisation as pedagogical methods for their Honors courses.

Creating an Honors Course: Honors Seminars

Lloyd International Honors College offers Honors Seminar courses for the International Honors Program, typically at the 100- and 200-levels. Most of these courses, which bear the prefix HSS, satisfy UNCG General Education requirements and are cross-disciplinary in nature. Honors seminars tend to have significant international and/or global perspectives incorporated in their content. All new Honors College Seminars will now also include an Honors College Student Learning Outcome (SLO).

Lloyd International Honors College is always looking for faculty to teach Honors seminars. This is a wonderful way for faculty to work with high quality students, teach topics of interest to the faculty member that cannot be offered within their department, or to experiment with new courses based on innovative subject matter or teaching methods. If you or any of your colleagues are interested in teaching an Honors Seminar, please contact your department head (or dean) and the Dean of Lloyd International Honors College. Funds are available to reimburse the home department or school so that you can teach an Honors seminar.


Creating an Honors Course: Honors Sections

Faculty may also teach an Honors version of a regular UNCG course to Honors students. This type of course also requires the agreement of Lloyd International Honors College and the associated department or school. Please, talk to your department head or dean and the Dean of Lloyd International Honors College about this option. Only Honors students may register for the Honors section of a regular UNCG course.


Creating an Honors Course: Embedded Honors Sections

Embedded Honors courses are special sections of regular UNCG courses that meet in lecture with a larger non-Honors version of the course. While Honors students in embedded Honors courses share lectures with their fellow non-Honors students, they have a different syllabus and may have different texts, other readings, and assignments. Embedded Honors courses require the approval of Lloyd International Honors College and the associated department or school.


Creating an Honors Course: Honors Contracts

Honors students can earn credit for the Disciplinary Honors Program for a regular UNCG course by coming to an agreement with the course's instructor about how the course is to be enhanced to earn Honors credit.

While Honors contract courses are typically initiated by students, faculty and departments (or schools) are welcome to design a "standard" honors contract for courses they teach and to let Honors students know that such contracts are available to Honors students.

Typical enhancements in Contract Courses include such things as in-depth studies of special topics, research papers, oral reports, field work, group projects, class leadership, and additional meetings with the course professor. All contract course proposals must be approved by the department Honors liaison and the Honors College.

For Honors Contract Course Guidelines and Forms, including information for both faculty and students, please see the form for the relevant semester listed in LIHC Important Forms.


Creating an Honors Course: Senior Honors Projects

The Senior Honors Project represents the culmination of a student's Honors work and can take a variety of forms - a paper, a performance, a scientific experiment, a demonstration, a product. The Project must have a written component, should employ the scholarship learned by the student at UNCG, and should make a significant contribution to a body of knowledge.

Topics, methods of investigation, and modes of presentation vary from discipline to discipline. Typically, students identify a problem to solve, survey background information to define and explain the problem, and present evidence and reasoning in support of a thesis or hypothesis. The student's work culminates in an original essay, an annotated creative work or performance, a scientific experiment or report, or an equivalent product.

The length of the project depends on the topic and discipline. A project in the humanities could be a paper of 30 to 50 pages, whereas the written part of a project in the sciences or performing arts could be significantly shorter. The project can focus on any topic of the student's choosing, but all projects must be supervised and approved by a UNCG faculty member from a department in which the subject under consideration is taught.

Students typically engage in their Senior Honors Project by taking HSS 490: Senior Honors Project and/or XXX 493: Honors Independent Study in XXX. Students completing their Senior Honors Project under the support of the Undergraduate Research and Creativity Assistantship Program must also enroll in HSS 490: Senior Honors Project to receive academic credit.

For Senior Honors Project Guidelines and Forms, including information for both faculty and students, please see the form for the relevant semester listed in LIHC Important Forms.

Past Senior Honors Projects are archived in NC DOCKS. If you or your colleagues are asked to supervise a Senior Honors Project, please feel free to contact Lloyd International Honors College about the process or the quality that is expected for the project.


Honors Independent Studies

Honors independent studies provide a way for students to design their own courses to assure that their education better fits their needs, desires, and abilities. Independent studies may involve studying subject matter through a set of directed readings, learning or refining specific academic skills through a set of exercises, or conducting research of the student's own design.

HSS 330: Honors Independent Study - This course, which can carry from 1 to 3 hours of academic credit, allows the student to do any of the activities noted above. This course is particularly useful for supplemental independent study activities that may not be worth 3 hours of credit, or which are interdisciplinary in nature. But it can also be used for other forms of independent study as well.

For HSS 330 Honors Independent Study Guidelines and Forms, including information for both faculty and students, please see the form for the relevant semester listed in LIHC Important Forms.