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University Honors Courses - eCurriculum and Universis

Are you a UC faculty or staff member who is creating an honors course in e-curriculum or ordering one in Universis? If so, the following important information will be helpful in that process. Please don't hesitate to contact us with questions at any time.

General Information
Honors courses are listed under the instructor’s home department. It is the responsibility of the instructor to ensure that the honors course is created in e-curriculum and that the department orders the class in Universis (or, in the future, Catalyst).

There are two options for listing honors seminars in your college/department:

  1. Create an entirely new course number.
  2. Create a general course number to house honors seminars in the college/department and include the alternate title option. See HIST3096 and HIST3097 as examples. Benefits and details:

    ~Each time the course number is used, an alternate title can be associated.
    ~History created two course numbers to allow for different BoK combinations (since the department offers multiple honors seminars).
    ~With this method, a new course number does not need to be created each time a new honors seminar is developed.
    ~With this method, if an honors seminar is only offered once, a course number isn’t taken up for only that offering.

Creating a new honors course will involve putting the course through the appropriate department/college approval processes. These vary by department/college. Please keep in mind that it is the instructor’s responsibility to follow the appropriate processes within the department/college to ensure that the course is approved, created, and can be ordered according to deadlines for the semester in which it will be taught.

It is crucial that the course approval and creation processes begin early so that the course is listed well before registration begins for the semester in which it will be offered. These processes often take much longer than expected, so please begin as soon as you know you will be offering a new honors course.

The following important information should be shared with the person who will complete the C-1 in e-curriculum for the course, as well as with the person who will order the course in Universis (while the same concepts will apply in Catalyst, specific information related to Catalyst is TBD).

C-1 - Creating New Honors Courses in e-Curriculum
Please keep the following in mind as the C-1 is created for the new course:

  • Honors seminars are always three-credit hour courses. (More than three-credits makes it hard for students to fit into their schedules; less than three-credits doesn’t allow for the course to count as a BoK general education requirement.)
  • Honors seminars are always listed as 2000 or 3000-level courses. (4000-level does not allow for the inclusion of BoK general education requirements.)
  • All honors seminars must meet one or two BoK requirements (Breadth of Knowledge, general education - PDF). If the course does not meet one or two BoK requirements, students will not be able to enroll and it will be canceled. UHP students typically can only fit honors seminars into their schedules where they have openings for BoK courses.
  • In the C-1, BoK requirements can be added under the “Foundation Course”. Check “yes” and the BoK options will appear.
  • Do not select college 38 (University Honors) as an offering college. The course is offered by the instructor's home department/college. The honors status of the course will be indicated by choosing the honors attribute.
  • Under semesters, there is no longer an H in the course number. Do not include an H in the number.
  • The course title should not include the word “honors”; the “honors attribute” will allow for it to be designated as an honors course.
  • Under course attributes, the honors attribute should always be chosen.
  • Many honors seminars also qualify for other attributes. When creating the course, check as many attributes as apply. All attributes need not apply to each offering of the course. Rather, by checking them, they will be available as an option in the future. The "transformation" attribute is often included.
  • Honors seminars with study tour components should choose the grading scale that includes the IP (in progress) option. If the travel occurs at the end of the term, the faculty can assign IP grades when grades are due. Then, upon return, the letter grades earned can be assigned. This prevents financial aid and other problems from occurring (issues can arise with NG or I grades).

Ordering Honors Courses in Universis
Please keep the following in mind when ordering honors courses in Universis:

  • The department through which the course is listed is responsible for ordering the class for the semester in which it will be offered. "Ordering" a class means entering it into Universis for the term in which it will be offered so that it appears on OneStop.
  • Honors courses should be scheduled during standard class meeting times (PDF). 3-credit hour classes should meet MWF for 55 minutes each session, TH for 80 minutes each session, or once a week for 170 minutes per session, following standard class meeting times. Please follow standard class meeting times. If you do not, enrollment may be negatively impacted.
  • Please set the enrollment limit within the 20-25 student range whenever possible.
  • IMPORTANT: The honors attribute (and any others that apply) must be connected to the course when it is ordered.
  • IMPORTANT: The honors class restriction must be put on the course immediately after it is ordered. The can be done under the “Class-Restrict” function in Universis (PDF). Pull up the specific section of the course, enter “38HONORS” in the line after “and *Program” and modify.
  • Requests for special rooms should be submitted directly to Classroom Scheduling by the department through which the course is offered.
  • The course must be ordered well before registration begins. If a course is not ordered at least four weeks before registration begins, enrollment could be negatively impacted.

Contact Debbie Brawn ( or 556-6226) or Tricia Yee ( or 556-6236).