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Honors seminars align with one of the honors thematic areas - community engagement, global studies, leadership, and research/creative arts. Seminars are not expected to align with all thematic areas. Rather, an in-depth focus in one area is better received than a course that tries to fit in multiple areas on a surface level.
Honors seminars engage students in experiential learning. They should challenge students with creative projects and activities that take learning beyond the typical classroom. Experiential components may include visits to local or regional museums or other sites, fieldwork, service-learning, integration of lab work, performances, international or domestic study tours or other activities in which students are actively engaged in learning outside of the typical classroom setting, integrating theory to practice and providing contextual complexity.
In the case of study tours, these can take place during the break period immediately following the semester or, for spring semester seminars, spring break is also an option. Proposals with spring break study tours are encouraged.
Honors seminars challenge and broaden the intellectual horizons of honors students at all levels and regardless of the disciplines in which students are majoring. These courses should be rigorous and, therefore, are not introductory survey courses. At the same time, they do not normally require any prerequisites and should provide a positive learning experience for students from across disciplines (ie, for the non-specialist). Proposals can come from any discipline in any college. Interdisciplinary courses are encouraged.
It is expected that faculty/student dialogue will serve as a primary mode of interaction and that lecture will be kept to a minimum. Collaborative work is encouraged. Students should be challenged by reading primary sources and writing assignments that demand clear articulation of ideas. Use of innovative technology is encouraged. Evaluation of students should be based on their willingness to explore and critique concepts, rather than on absorption of facts.
UHP students are required to maintain online learning portfolios to showcase and integrate their learning over the course of their time in University Honors. They are expected to create areas in their portfolios for each honors seminar completed, reflecting on and integrating their learning. Please keep this in mind as you design your seminar and consider what evidence/artifacts students may include in their portfolio.
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