The Honors College will accept Honors 4500 course proposals for the 2020-2021 academic year starting in the fall of 2019. Please contact Associate Dean Sarah Cook with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This course is intended to provide Honors students with the opportunity to explore unanswerable questions facing humanity through the ages. Faculty and students will grapple with fundamental questions by reading and discussing past and present influential thinkers, and interrogate the topic from a 21st century lens. Examples of questions include: What is justice? What is freedom? What is love? What is art? What is death? Does society need religion to be moral?
Enduring question seminars should foster critical thinking and writing and should inspire deep discussion among students and the faculty member. The theme of the course may grow out of the faculty member’s interests, but the course content and requirements need to be accessible and achievable, respectively, to students across majors, early in their studies at Georgia State. Proposals should include an outline of the course including learning objectives that align with assessments, and creative syllabus building. Required events outside of scheduled meeting time should be included in total contact hours. For example, if students attend a lecture related to the enduring question that is two hours long, those two hours count as contact hours, or serve as an assignment.
Honors 4500 seminars meet for 2.5 hours (either once or twice a week), for three hours of elective credit.
- Classes are limited to 15 or fewer students; grading is by letter.
- Enduring questions seminars require attendance and participation for a meaningful experience; thus, attendance and active participation should account for a significant portion of the final grade.Seminar-style learning spaces available in the Honors College for all Honors 4500 sections.
- Funding available for course activity (1 per course, maximum).
Proposals for Honors 4500 will be welcomed from regular full-time faculty including lecturers and administrators in any college, as well from university-level administrators who hold a faculty appointment. The Honors College will compensate departments, not individual faculty members, $5,000 for each successful proposal. The Honors College transfers these funds directly to the faculty member’s department, center, or other unit shortly after the beginning of the semester the course is taught.
Our goal is for the following outcomes and objectives to be met through our Honors College courses:
- Course requirements should demonstrate growth in knowledge and critical thinking through writing and oral discussion. Requirements should be creative and allow students to explore the enduring question through various perspectives, etc. Digital learning features are encouraged
- Other requirements should ask students to demonstrate learning through creative, non-traditional ways.
Want to know what kind of honors courses you can teach in the coming academic year or what makes a successful course proposal? Check out this presentation and discussion with Honors College Associate Dean Sarah Cook.
Please contact Dr. Cook with any questions at email@example.com.