Honors Program Course Proposals

Interested in Teaching with Honors?

All full-time and continuing URI faculty are invited to submit proposals for Honors courses to be taught in either Fall 2018 or Spring 2019. Courses may be proposed for one semester or both and at all course levels. Course proposals can either be for an honors section of an existing course or for an original course designed specifically for the Honors Program. Teaching in the Honors Program gives you the opportunity to experiment with new interdisciplinary courses and to enjoy extraordinary teaching conditions:

  • teach small seminar-style classes between 15 and 20 students
  • meet highly motivated students (minimum 3.3 GPA for students who arrived before 2014 or 3.4 GPA for undergraduates registered 2015 and after)
  • experiment with new course designs
  • participate in an interdisciplinary community of faculty interested in teaching excellence and active learning.

All enrollment numbers for honors courses are credited to the faculty member’s home department. Teaching in the University Honors Program offers your department:

  • an opportunity to showcase and recruit for your major among excellent students;
  • an occasion to try course designs that may later become a permanent offering in your department;
  • the honor and prestige of having department faculty selected and publicized as exemplary teachers in the University Honors Program.

Guidelines for Honors Course Proposals

If you would like to teach an Honors course in 2018-2019 please forward the following to Lynne Derbyshire, Honors Director, Lippitt Hall 300B:

  • a one to two page syllabus of the proposed course that includes the following information:
    course title and course description (including course level 100/200/300/400), course objectives, grading criteria, and a sample reading list. For general education courses, please indicate which requirement the class will meet and which skill areas will be covered in the course;
  • a thirty-word course description that can be included in our course schedule and flyer;
  • a condensed curriculum vitae and recent representative SET or IDEA scores;
  • an endorsement from your Chair and Dean, together with any comments they wish to convey.
  • a brief statement indicating what differentiates your honors course from a regular course. This may include one or more of the following criteria: interdisciplinary approach to the subject matter, emphasis on developing critical thinking, reading, and writing skills, project-based learning, work with primary sources rather than textbooks, more emphasis on cooperative learning, and providing a core content area to a primarily competency-based course (for example, writing or communication competencies) or other criteria that you feel identifies your course as an Honors course.

For additional information please call Lynne Derbyshire at 874-4732, or send her an e-mail (derbyshire@uri.edu).

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