Col·lo·qui·um [kəˈlōkwēəm], plural - colloquia: An academic conference or seminar. From Latin, late 16th century, denoting a conversation or dialogue. Colloqui - 'to converse' ; col - 'together' + loqui 'to talk.'
Clark Honors College colloquia are like a special treat that you get to reward yourself with for making it through your first two years. You should not enroll in colloquia until you have completed the 200-level research course in either Arts & Letters or Social Science. For most students, this means waiting to take colloquia until the beginning of your third year.
Award-winning faculty from across UO apply each year, and undergo a competitive review process, to teach these courses on topics that are near and dear to their hearts. Where else can you find a course on "Emerson and Einstein, Interdisciplinary Artist Activists: An Inquiry into Genius," or "Algebra and Number Theory - A Historical-Cultural Exploration"?
Most upper division classes you take will likely be in your major, and will likely be with other students also majoring in that field. Honors college colloquia are very special because they bring together students from a wide variety of majors. When students from architecture, human physiology, English, anthropology, education, and economics come together for rigorous study and close discussion, something magical happens. Clark Honors College graduates say that colloquia were one of the greatest highlights of their college experience.
You must complete five colloquia: one in each of the following three categories, and two elective colloquia in subject areas of your choosing.
In addition to regular courses, colloquia are also available through CHC study abroad programs. Travel the world and satisfy a couple of graduation requirements? Sounds like a plan!
Satisfying Your Multicultural Requirement
The University of Oregon requires all students to complete two multicultural courses prior to graduation, one each in two of the three available categories. In order to make your life easier, many colloquia can also satisfy the multicultural requirement. If you have questions about how this requirement applies to you, we recommend that you meet with your advisor.
If you are concerned about fulfilling all of your course requirements and graduating on time, then CHC's course substitution process may be able to help. Perhaps you want to spend a full year abroad, or maybe you are double majoring in fields that both have a large number of credits required for graduation. Under these or other outstanding circumstances, you can petition to substitute coursework from another area for a colloquium.
- Guidelines for CHC Course Substitution Petitions [pdf]
- Key Considerations for Successful Study Abroad Course Substitutions [pdf]
Colloquium substitution can only be applied to an elective colloquium - you still must fulfill the three required colloquia in the Arts & Letters, Social Science, and Science categories. An upper-division course proposed as a colloquium substitution should conform to the CHC model of small class size (25 students or fewer), emphasis on writing and discussion, and essays or project work pertinent to the discipline. A substitute course should also be outside of your major, with rare exceptions granted for double majors.