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"The Honors experience represents the reason I got into higher education."
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OSU tenured/tenure-track, senior instructor, and emeritus faculty members are invited to submit Honors College course proposals for the 2021-22 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 welcomed. 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 course proposals for the 2021-22 academic year is January 15, 2021. All proposals should be submitted via the 2021-22 Online Course Proposal webform; additional details on the Honors College curriculum are also available below. If you would like to submit a proposal after January 15, 2021, have questions, or would like to discuss a 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, 2021. Download the brief application form.
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.
The Honors College curriculum requires students to complete 6 credits of Honors sections of BCC, and proposals from all disciplines are invited. 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.). Other options may be discussed and are welcomed.
Honors College students are required to complete 6 credits of colloquia (colloquia are one or two-credit 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 course idea.
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 are 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 section 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.
We will notify proposers of proposal status by the end of winter term. Honors courses selected as a result of submitted proposals are “one-time-only” agreements with no automatic renewal. General Guidelines and Criteria for Honors Courses are as follows:
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.
The Honors College provides reimbursement to departments for current OSU faculty involved in Honors instruction. Reimbursement is on a per-credit basis by OUS Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) level. Impacts on faculty teaching loads, availability of funds for professional expenses, or other compensation are to be negotiated by the instructor with their department/unit chair or head. Each course proposal must be endorsed by the faculty member’s supervisor and approved by the person with budgetary authority in that unit. The Honors College only hires faculty directly on the Honors College instructor pool when they are not affiliated with any units or departments at OSU.
Scheduling of all H and HC courses is carried out by the Honors College in collaboration with participating departments. 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.
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.
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.
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. All new course proposals must be submitted online.