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The Honors College solicits proposals from faculty members across the NKU campus to offer honors classes for the upcoming academic year.

The conversation usually begins between a faculty member and a member of the Honors College teaching staff (Dean, Executive Director, Core Faculty, or permanent Honors Faculty). This meeting can help generate ideas for future honors courses and provide a faculty member with the current needs of the college. Next, the faculty member should meet with a representative of the Honors College Dean’s office to discuss how a proposed course might fit within the curriculum and the semester-by-semester schedule for the college. Following this conversation, a faculty/staff member from the Honors College reaches out to the chair or director of the department or program where the faculty member teaches to discuss opportunities for that faculty member to teach in the Honors College and how that might impact the department or program. Finally, the Honors College works with the faculty member in conjunction with the department or program in order to fit a proposed course within the Honors College schedule that works best with the department or program.

To propose a course, email Jen Cellio, Interim Executive Director of the Honors College, at


What are Honors courses?

The National Collegiate Honors Council defines honors education in the following manner:

"Honors education is characterized by in-class and extracurricular activities that are measurably broader, deeper, or more complex than comparable learning experiences typically found at institutions of higher education. Honors experiences include a distinctive learner-directed environment and philosophy, provide opportunities that are appropriately tailored to fit the institution's culture and mission, and frequently occur within a close community of students and faculty."

At their core, honors courses provide enhanced and enriched learning opportunities for motivated students. Honors classes are student-centered and often engage students in unconventional modes of learning.


Honors Cohort Model

The Honors College cohort model allows for course development in three “modules,” which connect to general education Foundations of Knowledge areas. Faculty are encouraged to explore these areas and propose courses within each area.

Area One: Honors and the Natural World

HNR 210: Scholarly Approaches to the Natural World HNR 310: Community and the Natural World HNR 311: Global Citizens in the Natural World

Area Two: Honors and Society

HNR 220: Scholarly Approaches to Society HNR 320: Community and Society HNR 321: Global Citizens in Society

Area Three: Honors and Humanity

HNR 230: Scholarly Approaches to Humanity HNR 330: Community and Humanity HNR 331: Global Citizen and Humanity


Honors Sections of Existing Courses

Faculty members may propose enhanced or enriched versions of existing courses for inclusion in the Honors College curriculum as student electives.

Honors Seminars

Faculty members may propose seminar-style interdisciplinary courses for inclusion in the Honors College curriculum as student electives.