Creating and Ordering Honors Seminars

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

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 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 permanently 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 by the department/college, created in e-curriculum, approved in e-curriculum, and can be ordered according to deadlines for the semester in which it will be taught. 

C-1 - Creating a new honors course in e-Curriculum

Please keep the following in mind as the C-1 is created for the new course.

  • Honors seminars are always listed as 2000 or 3000-level courses. (4000-level does not allow for the inclusion of BoK general education requirements.)
  • Honors seminars are listed under the instructor's home department/college. Do not list it under HNRS. The honors status of the course will be indicated by choosing the honors attribute.
  • The teaching college should be the instructor’s college, not the University Honors Program.
  • 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.)
  • The course title should not include the word “honors”; the “honors” attribute will allow for it to be designated as an honors course.
  • All honors seminars must meet one or two BoK requirements (Breadth of Knowledge, general education). 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.
    • BoK requirements can be added under the “Gen Ed BoK” section. Check “yes” next to the “Is Foundation Course” box and the BoK options will appear.
  • Under Gen Ed TouchPoints, most honors seminars can meet the mid-collegiate experience classification with the “experience” component.
  • Under course attributes, the honors attribute should always be chosen.
  • Under “Prerequisites”, there should be no prerequisites. Honors seminars are open to all UHP students, from all disciplines, at all levels.
  • 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 the course in Catalyst

  • 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. 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 must be connected to the course when it is ordered.
  • IMPORTANT: The restriction that limits enrollment to UHP students only must be placed on the class section when ordered.  The code is 008633 and you enter that on the Adjust Class Associations tab in Catalyst.
    • Most honors seminars are the only section of the course offered during that term.
    • If there are multiple sections of the course offered that term and all are not honors (ENGL2089, for example), the honors section(s) of the class must be given a different Associated Class number. That can be done under Maintain Schedule of Classes. Then, the restriction can be added to the honors section(s).
  • 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. 

Questions?

Contact Debbie Brawn at debbie.brawn@uc.edu or 556-6226 or Tricia Yee at tricia.yee@uc.edu or 556-6236.