Submit a Course Proposal

The Robert D. Clark Honors College (CHC) invites proposals from University of Oregon faculty to teach courses in 2017-18. Proposals are due November 16, 2016

Courses should be discipline-based but interdisciplinary in scope and designed to address students pursuing various majors. Each course should be designed to encourage critical and creative thinking, writing, reading, and discussion. Faculty members are encouraged to propose new courses that stretch disciplinary boundaries. 

All honors college classes are limited to 19 students, offer a unique opportunity for pedagogical experimentation, and provide excellent exposure to faculty and their home departments.

CHC affiliated faculty are generally compensated at the standard UO course buyout rate and through various mechanisms consisting of buyouts, direct hires, overloads, and in some cases trades or exchanges. Any deviation from standard compensation options and/or exchanges must be explicitly agreed to by the CHC Assistant Dean.

Please direct questions to CHC Assistant Dean Rebecca Lindner (rlindner@uoregon.edu).


Course Categories

The backbone of the Clark Honors College curriculum is a grouping of six classes at the 200-level and a grouping of five classes at the 400-level, with math & natural sciences, social science, and arts & letters represented within each grouping.

200-level courses: Emphasize close reading of primary sources, learning to use basic research techniques, and developing student skills in writing and critical thinking.

400-level courses: Are dialogue-driven, including advanced and often independent student research.

Faculty are encouraged to suggest new courses and courses that stretch the boundaries of their own home disciplines even as they stress disciplinary rigor.

To offer greater flexibility in the selection and scheduling of courses for the 2017-18 academic year, please consider whether your course might be adapted to either the 200 or 400 level. We invite you to include both a 200-level and a 400-level version of your proposed course, or to indicate in the body of your proposal that the course might be adapted to either level.


Arts & Letters

200-Level Arts & Letters Courses

  • Ancient world (HC 221): Classical, medieval, and early modern literature.
  • Modern world (HC 222): Enlightenment through 21st-century literature.
  • Research section (HC 223): Focuses on the literary research skills of the scholar; culminates in the completion of an in-depth written research project.

Fall and winter quarters are organized chronologically; fall courses are devoted to the ancient world, and winter to the modern. Pedagogically, these two courses prepare students for their spring research seminar. Research seminars are offered on many subjects and are designed to give students close guidance while doing substantial independent work.

400-Level Arts & Letters Colloquia (HC 421)


Social Science

200-Level Social Science Courses

  • Ancient world (HC 231): Introduction to methods of historical inquiry and to major historical trends in a global framework.
  • Modern world (HC 232): Introduction to methods of historical inquiry and to major historical trends in a global framework.
  • Research section (HC 233): Teaches students to conduct original and independent research, analyze historical documents, and construct historical arguments

Fall and winter quarters are organized chronologically; fall courses are devoted to the ancient world, and winter to the modern. Pedagogically, these two courses prepare students for their spring research seminar. Research seminars are offered on many subjects and are designed to give students close guidance while doing substantial independent work.

400-Level Social Science Colloquia (HC 431)


Science & Math

200-Level Science Courses

  • Lab Science (HC 207)
  • Non-lab Science (HC 209)

Primarily for non-science students, these courses aim to promote critical and creative approaches to scientific thinking and introduce foundations of one or more scientific disciplines, scientific perspectives on major problems facing society, or scientific methods used within or among disciplines. Courses with a laboratory or hands-on component are preferred, depending on topic. If there is a lab associated with the course, it should emphasize understanding of scientific process rather than of techniques and methods. Faculty from all scientific disciplines are encouraged to apply.

400-Level Science & Math Colloquia (HC 441)


Multicultural Requirement

In addition to a primary classification as arts & letters, social science, or science & math, 400-level colloquia may also be classified as fulfilling a UO multicultural requirement in one of the following categories:

Identities, Pluralism & Tolerance Colloquium (HC 424H): Topics focus on construction of collective identities (classes, genders, religions, sexual orientations), the emergence of representative voices, and the effects of prejudice, intolerance, and discrimination.

International Cultures Colloquium (HC 434H): Topics focus on international cultures' race, ethnicity, pluralism/monoculturalism, or prejudice/tolerance, or may describe and analyze a world-view substantially different from current U.S. views.

American Cultures Colloquium (HC 444H): Topics focus on multiple American racial and ethnic groups - African American, Chicano or Latino, Native American, Asian American, European American - from historical and comparative perspectives.


Application Instructions and Submission Materials

Course proposals must be submitted via the Clark Honors College Affiliated Faculty Course Proposal online form. Along with the application, please upload all of the following documents: 

  • A two-page CV
  • A course description
  • Either a proposed syllabus or narrative statement which explains the course's content and enhancement of the Clark Honors College curriculum

Documents must be submitted as PDF, txt, doc, or docx files, and be less than 8 MB. A DuckID (@uoregon.edu email) is required to access the online application. Faculty without a DuckID who want to submit a course proposal, and other faculty with questions about the online submission process, should contact Rebecca Lindner at rlindner@uoregon.edu.

Required Signatory Approvals

CAS Faculty: Must obtain department head approval for their proposal submission. The CAS applicant form will route the application to the department head for approval, and then automatically to the CHC. If selected by the CHC, the application will be forwarded to the CAS Dean's office for final approval. 

All Others: Course proposals submitted by faculty from AAA, COE, LCB, SOJC, SOMD, and Law require signatures from both the faculty member's department head and the school/college Dean. The non-CAS applicant form will route the application to the department head and the UO school/college for approval, and then automatically to the CHC.

All documents and required approval signatures must be logged before 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 16, 2016.