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Call for Honors Course Proposals

The Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College invites faculty to propose an honors course or sequence of courses.

The Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College invites faculty to propose a course or sequence of courses that could be used by honors students from any discipline to complete a practicum capstone.  These practica could address an emerging field of study in the instructor’s discipline or tackle a local, regional, national or global issue.  Courses can be anywhere between 1-3 hours, and we would want to offer the course in the 2023-24 or 2024-2025 school year in fall, spring or a summer session.  The Honors College particularly encourages experiential-learning courses.  The Honors College will also consider proposals for special topics courses in any field, especially ones that span multiple disciplines. Preference will be shown to proposals where the instructors are willing to work with students after the class term to turn the classwork into honors capstones.  Proposals are due by March 24; we will fund a number of course development grants during summer 2023.  We will award $5,000 to develop a new course or $2,500 to adapt an existing course, with courses to be taught sometime during the next two academic years.  More information is available at  All UM faculty members are invited to submit proposals. 

Questions can be directed to Dean Ethel Young Scurlock (, Associate Dean John Samonds (, or Associate Dean for Capstone Timothy Yenter (