Honors Seminar Proposals

We welcome proposals to teach University Honors seminars during the 2017-18 academic year and for seminars with study tours during Fall 2018.  These courses are an integral part of the University Honors Program (UHP), which is comprised of students in the top 7% of UC undergraduates across colleges and disciplines.


The UHP’s vision is centered on developing students into global citizen scholars who lead innovative efforts toward solving the world’s complex problems. Honors seminars are critical to achieving this vision.


The University Honors Program is committed to offering students an individualized, student-centered approach to a meaningful undergraduate experience. To that end, we are dedicated to:

·         Promoting activities that lead students to discover their passions and enhance their gifts and talents.

·         Coaching students to purposefully engage in experiential learning opportunities and reflection to maximize and integrate their learning.

·         Fostering a community that prioritizes transformational personal development, civic participation, and global responsibility.

How We Compare

The UHP is quite different from most honors colleges and programs. In other programs, high-achieving students are typically required to complete advanced courses and maintain a certain GPA. The UHP furthers this with a strong focus on experiential learning and reflection as well as a focus on the individual student’s goals and aspirations. Consequently, UHP honors seminars need to be more than a highly intellectually rigorous course and must also represent the holistic mission of the program.

Proposal & Submission Process

Proposals and all related documents are due Monday, October 17, 2016. Feel free to download the proposal packet below, a quick reference guide with all of the information on this webpage. After you've developed all the necessary content to submit your proposal, you will use the link below to complete the proposal online.

Guidelines, Pedagogy and Structure

Honors seminars are intended to be unique opportunities that reflect the University Honors Program. Criteria for selection is based on how well the proposed honors seminar meets these guidelines. Learn more here.

Overview of Proposal Submission Process

  • Step 1: Complete the online proposal form
  • Step 2: Email syllabus and CV.
  • Step 3: Departmental Support emailed by department head.
  • Step 4: Submit supplemental information for any seminars with study tours.
All documents should be emailed to honors@uc.edu by Monday, October 17.

Honors Seminar Development Workshop

We are offering workshops for faculty interested in developing honors seminars, which will be facilitated by Dr. Theresa Culley, UHP Provost Fellow.

  • Tuesday, September 20 from 11:00am- 12:30pm in Swift 708
  • Friday, September 23 from 12:00pm- 1:30pm in Swift 708 
If you’d like to participate, please RSVP to honors@uc.edu to let us know which workshop you will attend. Lunch will be provided. Questions about the workshops? Contact Dr. Culley at theresa.culley@uc.edu


Below are a collection of resources faculty have found useful in developing their honors seminars.

Honors Seminars in the News

Learn more about honors seminars and the faculty who teach them through these news stories.