Call for Colloquia

OSU tenured/tenure-track, senior instructor, and emeritus faculty members are invited to submit Honors College colloquium proposals for the 2023-24 academic year. Other faculty who would like to apply should contact the Honors College or Susan Rodgers, Honors College Associate Dean. The Honors College will also offer several course development grants of $500-$3000 for new or revised Honors courses that include substantial experiential learning opportunities.

The Honors College Schedule of Classes is renewed annually to provide the very best in undergraduate education. Any course in the OSU General Catalog is eligible to be offered as an Honors course, and proposals for new courses are also welcome. We are looking for a broad variety of colloquia and electives, and especially for courses that incorporate experiential learning or other innovative and high-impact pedagogical approaches. We are open to online as well as on-campus formats, particularly for colloquia.

The Honors teaching experience features interactions with OSU's most accomplished and dedicated group of undergraduates, and faculty report that teaching in the Honors College is both rewarding and energizing. Honors courses are typically capped at 20-24 students at the lower-division level and 12-15 students at the upper-division level. 

The deadline for proposals for the 2023-24 academic year is January 15, 2023. All colloquium proposals should be submitted via the HC Colloquium Proposal webform (link will be available through January 15). All ideas for an honors section of an existing OSU course should be discussed with HC Associate Dean Susan Rodgers (not submitted through the HC Colloquium Proposal). Additional details on the Honors College curriculum are also available below. If you would like to submit a proposal after January 15, 2023, have questions, or would like to discuss a colloquium or course idea, please e-mail or call Susan Rodgers at [email protected] or 541-737-6412. 

Course development grant applications will also be due on January 15, 2023. Download the Meehan Course Development Grant Application.


Course Types

The Honors curriculum hosts both new and established courses. Any course in the OSU General Catalog can be offered as an Honors course using the departmental designator with an “H” suffix (e.g., GEO 300H). The HC designator is also available, along with departmental topics numbers at all levels (x99H). Each Honors course is classified into one of three types: Honors sections of Baccalaureate Core Courses (BCC), Honors Colloquia (one or two credits), and Honors Electives.

Honors Sections of Baccalaureate Core Courses

The Honors College curriculum requires students to complete 6 credits of Honors sections of BCC, and courses from all disciplines are welcome. These courses will carry an H suffix. These will be small sections of existing BCC offerings tailored to Honors College students. Courses will be selected to offer both horizontal (disciplinary) and vertical (100-400 level) breadth. We encourage flexible approaches in this category (e.g., offering Honors laboratory or recitation sections of courses in which a separate Honors lecture section might not be feasible. In this case the student would receive Honors credit only for the Honors component). 

Honors Colloquia

Honors College students are required to complete 6 credits of colloquia (colloquia are one or two-credit seminar-style classes). A colloquium can serve student needs in many ways, either as an opportunity to explore a subject lying outside the academic comfort zone, or as an introduction to a potential area for research and scholarship. Please contact Susan Rodgers at [email protected] if you have questions about a colloquium idea.

  • Colloquia must be substantive in terms of established OSU disciplines or interdisciplinary foci.
  • Colloquia must be non-specialized enough to accommodate students without special expertise.
  • Colloquia may be graded A – F or P/N (students may elect S/U grading).
  • Scheduling of colloquia can be flexible, innovation is encouraged, non-traditional options are possible.
  • Keep in mind that students tend to prefer 1-credit colloquia over 2-credit.

Honors Electives

Honors College students must complete at least 12 credits of additional electives in Honors College courses, representing a broad range of interests and fields. Generally these are upper-division disciplinary courses but an array of options is available. We seek innovative and stimulating courses, and in particular encourage interdisciplinary approaches. Guidelines and requirements in this category are identical with those described above for the honors sections of BCC offerings. The Honors College has special topics numbers, and a full suite of upper-division blanket numbered courses, which may be used for elective courses if a departmental designator is unavailable or inappropriate.



  • Proposals for Honors colloquia should be submitted at the link provided at the top of this page.
  • Proposals for Honors sections of existing OSU courses (i.e. ANS 121H, H 100H, etc.) must be discussed with HC Associate Dean Susan Rodgers ([email protected]) before being proposed through a separate proposal system. 

We will notify proposers of proposal status around the end of winter term. Honors courses and colloquia selected as a result of submitted proposals are “one-time-only” agreements with no automatic renewal. General Guidelines and Criteria for Honors courses and colloquia are as follows:

  • Honors sections of existing OSU courses must meet prerequisites for subsequent courses, as determined by curricular and administrative units.
  • Courses with interdisciplinary emphasis, integration with other courses and disciplines (e.g., sequential or concurrent courses developed by two departments), and team teaching are encouraged.  A single course or a group of courses (offered sequentially or concurrently) may be proposed.
  • Proposals should address the specific challenges and opportunities afforded by small classes with dedicated and accomplished students.
    • Courses and colloquia should not simply cover more material or insist on additional rigor.
    • Experimentation with new teaching techniques is encouraged. 
    • The educational approach should be flexible enough to accommodate different learning styles appropriate to a diverse student audience. 
    • Interactive learning is the norm, heavier workloads are not.
    • Variable scheduling in support of pedagogical innovation is possible.
  • All proposals must include all elements required in the on-line proposal form, including a syllabus (drafts are fine), and be submitted by the deadline to be considered.



OSU faculty members of professorial or Senior Instructor rank are eligible to teach in the Honors College. Faculty selected to teach in Honors are noted as Honors College Faculty on the list of Honors College Faculty and Mentors.

Faculty holding other types of positions (excluding Teaching Assistants) may also petition to teach for the Honors College. Anyone interested in initiating a petition should fill out the webform here. The petition process involves a review of the petitioner's experience and qualifications by Honors faculty in related disciplines as well as confirmation from the petitioner's supervisor that this responsibility would be an appropriate addition to their workload.



Teaching Honors Baccalaureate Core and Elective Courses

The Honors College will transfer funds for Honors teaching at the end of the term in which the course is taught.  The funds will be transferred to the unit, and Financial Strategic Services (formerly the Business Centers) determine which index will be used in each case. The unit leader is responsible for deciding how to distribute and use these funds. 

Teaching Honors College Colloquia

Honors colloquia (small 1-2 credit seminars that run as HC 407, XXX 407H, HC 299, or XXX 299H), are in service to the Honors College and OSU, and regulated under the constructive receipt policy (Fiscal Policy Rule 03-150-114). At the end of the term in which a colloquium is taught, the Honors College will transfer $2000/credit (colloquia are either 1 or 2 credits) to the unit the faculty member is associated with.  Financial Strategic Services (formerly the Business Centers) determine which index will be used in each case, and then the unit leader decides how to distribute these funds. 

Faculty who do not have a position at or are not already affiliated with Oregon State University:

Faculty who are not currently employed at or affiliated with OSU will be hired on the HC instructor pool at an adjusted rate. Faculty who have questions about the Honors College instructor pool or the rates associated with the Honors College instructor pool, should contact Brittany Sundberg (HC Admissions and Curriculum Coordinator) at [email protected].



Scheduling of all honors courses and colloquia is carried out by the Honors College in collaboration with participating departments/units. For those courses listed under a departmental designator, all student credit hours will be registered to the home department. Variable credit and special topic numbers (e.g. x99H) can be used as appropriate.


Class Size

The Honors College adheres to National Collegiate Honors Council guidelines for providing “enriched learning environments.” Lower-division Honors College courses are typically capped between 20 and 24 students; upper-division at 12-15. The HC does not allow capacity overrides for any honors course. 


Access for Students Not Enrolled in the Honors College

Once priority registration is complete, students who are not enrolled in the Honors College but have a cumulative OSU GPA of at least 3.25 are eligible to enroll in Honors College courses for which they have the necessary prerequisites on a space-available basis with the consent of the Honors College. Please ask interested students to email [email protected] to request a course override request form from an Honors College advisor.


Student Assessment

Assessment of student learning should be cognizant of differences among students and diversity of learning styles. Proposals should indicate methods of assessment. Honors College classes should not be graded more stringently than any other course and workloads should be congruent with typical workloads.

In addition to eSETs, students submit Honors College course and instructor evaluations via Qualtrics. This instrument is designed to address the unique challenges and opportunities of Honors instruction and has been approved by OSU legal counsel and by Academic Affairs. 



Proposers are encouraged to contact Susan Rodgers at [email protected] to discuss ideas for new coursework.