University Honors Program Proposal guidelines, 9/2013

Seminar Descriptions Below

Please provide the following information with your application and forward by Tuesday, October 15, 2013 to:

1. Name and title
2. Department or office
3. Phone
4. Email address
5. Proposed Seminar Title
6. Proposed Seminar Description (no more than 250 words).  Please take prospective students as your audience when preparing this description. First-year students in HOPR 1953, in particular, may not know much about your discipline, and will be choosing this seminar before arriving at Marquette.  We also encourage Honors students to use the Honors seminars to become acquainted with subjects outside their area of expertise.
7. Possible readings or resource material to be used
8.  Courses similar to your proposed course, if any, taught by you or others at Marquette

We ask you to consult with your Chair or supervisor before submitting this proposal.  If your seminar is accepted we will ask for a signature from Chair or supervisor.

Note:  we welcome proposals for team-teaching, but we cannot usually provide two full stipends to instructors team-teaching a single seminar.  In certain cases we can cross-list Honors seminars with departmental courses, if doing so provides an opportunity for innovative convent or pedagogy and student numbers remain appropriate.

HOPR 1953: 

-First-year seminar, offered only fall semester
-1 credit, pass/fail, meets 75 minutes/week, for only 12 weeks, so it ends
before Thanksgiving; capped at 10 students
-Faculty stipend:  $2000, paid as overload to your regular salary
-Gives first-year students an introduction to seminar-based learning in a non- threatening and intellectually challenging classroom environment; pursues a particular intellectual topic intensively.  In the past, topics have varied widely – some examples include Chinese film; literary failures; entrepreneurship; experimental theater; and project management in engineering.

HOPR 2953

-Sophomore-level seminar, offered either semester
- 2 credits, pass/fail, capped at 15 students
- Faculty stipend:  $2500, paid as overload to your regular salary
- Offers students non-mainstream pedagogies or learning experiences – for example, contemplation, innovative integration of theory and practice, community engagement, student-generated class practices.  It offers faculty a chance to experiment pedagogically with a small group of students in a non-graded class, and asks students to think consciously and creatively about their own educational trajectory.  It may be focused around a practice or an intellectual topic.

HOPR 3953

- Junior-level seminar, offered either semester
- 3 credits, graded, capped at 20 students
- For faculty, typically replaces one course in regular annual teaching load
- Usually discipline-based, but offers faculty the chance to teach subjects outside the typical seminar offerings of their departments.  Inter- and multidisciplinary or otherwise unusual seminars are particularly desired.  In the past this seminar has at times worked as a laboratory for new departmental and College course development.

HOPR 4953

- Senior-level seminar, offered either semester
- 3 credits, graded, capped at 20 students
- For faculty, typically replaces one course in regular annual teaching load
- Like the junior seminar, this seminar is typically discipline-based. We especially welcome proposals that ask students to do research or other kinds of senior projects; generally these seminars are populated by highly able students, and can offer faculty the chance to teach at a high level. 

**If you have any interest in offering a senior Honors Program seminar in a field that requires students to have particular discipline-based skills, such as Engineering, Health Sciences, or Communication Studies (and there are many others!), please talk with me; we may have a critical mass of Honors students in that discipline who would particularly welcome your course.  It is possible to add prerequisites to this seminar.



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