Honors Course Proposals

Honors Introductory Experience Course Proposals

Honors will issue a general call for HIE course proposals (three-year cycle) in Fall 2022 (to begin in AY 2023-24).

The Utah State University Honors Program, in cooperation with the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, seeks creative, exciting proposals from faculty for Honors Introductory Experience (HIE) courses. In addition to meeting USU’s General Education Breadth requirements, these introductory seminars offer first- and second-year Honors students transformative, memorable educational experiences as they investigate “big questions” at the heart of general education at USU. Honors courses actively engage students in hands-on research and field work, global and local citizenship, and cross-disciplinary conversation.

In each three-year cycle, the program seeks 6-8 Honors Introductory Experience courses in a range of the following breadth categories: BHU (Humanities: HONR 1320), BCA (Creative Arts: HONR 1330), BSS (Social Sciences: HONR 1340), BLS (Life Sciences: HONR 1350), and BPS (Physical Sciences: HONR 1360), with particularly high demand for BCA and BLS/BPS courses. Selected courses will launch in Fall/Spring 2023-24.

 Proposals must include two parts:

  • A physical or scanned information form, complete with all faculty and department head signatures
  • A proposal packet that includes a brief pedagogical resume, a concept description outlining how the course engages students and meets General Education Breadth and Honors Program requirements, and a brief draft syllabus

The deadline for the next general call for Honors Introductory Experience courses will be October 7, 2022. Application review will be complete by November 1, and all applicants will be notified with a decision by November 15.

Honors Think Tank Course Proposals

New Think Tank Proposals are due October 8, 2021.

Thank you for your interest in team-teaching an interdisciplinary Honors Think Tank. Applications should come from pairs of faculty, each of whom takes primary responsibility for students registered under one disciplinary section of the course. All Think Tanks cross-list two of the following three course numbers/depth areas: HONR 3010 (DSC: Life and Physical Sciences), HONR 3020 (DHA: Humanities and Creative Arts), and HONR 3030 (DSS: Social Sciences). In addition, most meet either CI (Communications Intensive) or QI (Quantitative Intensive) “Citizen Scholar” requirements, and community-engaged-learning (CEL) course designations are encouraged.

 Proposals must include two parts:

  • A pdf emailed copy of the information form, complete with all faculty and department head signatures
  • A 10-12 page proposal packet that includes brief pedagogical resumes for both faculty members, a concept description outlining how the course engages students and meets General Education Depth and Honors Program learning outcomes, and a brief draft syllabus