February 2, 2018

Purdue Northwest Curriculum Document

Program Name: Honors College


  • Document No: HONR 17-01 NEW COURSE HONR 42200
  • Proposed Effective Date: Fall 2018
  • Submitting Department: Honors College
  • Date Reviewed by Department: Not Applicable
  • Submission Date: 1/26/2018
  • Date Reviewed College/School Curriculum Committee: 2/2/2018
  • Contact Person:Heather Fielding, Associate Dean of the Honors College / Associate Professor of English

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  • Approval by Faculty Senate:
  • Date Reviewed by Senate Curriculum Committee:
  • Name(s) of Library Staff Consulted: Not Applicable
  • Will New Library Resources Used?: No
  • Form 40 Needed?: Yes


Task: Course Change or New Course Approval

    • Program Name: Honors College
    • Degree Name(s):

Section II: This section is for changes in courses only


This new course in the Honors College gives honors students a new elective option that will allow them to work as a teaching assistant in a course in their discipline.

Some changes are necessitated by changes in the required courses for the degrees.


Currently, Honors College students have the option to serve as teaching assistants in the honors cohort course sequence. There is demand from students to expand their TA experience to courses in their disciplines, and faculty have expressed interested in structured TA opportunities as well. Undergraduate teaching opportunities have been identified as a high-impact educational practice.



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HONR 42200: Honors Teaching in the Disciplines

Class 3, cr 3.

Prerequisites: HONR 21100 or HONR 21200

Credit Hours: 3.0. Student will assist in teaching a course in their discipline, under the direction of a faculty mentor. Admission by special permission. Typically offered Fall Spring Summer.


Course Objectives / Learning Outcomes:

  1. explain course content effectively to others
  2. discuss the diversity of learning styles and associated needs
  3. exhibit ethical conduct and professional behavior in teaching
  4. articulate their own teaching philosophy
  5. model effective leadership, organization, communication, and time management skills

Impact on Students:

This course will provide Honors College students with another possible way to earn required honors course credit. It will also provide more teaching opportunities to honors students across the university, especially in those disciplines that do not currently offer TA opportunities to undergraduates.

Impact on University Resources:

Not Applicable.

Impact on other Academic Units:

The course will provide TA support in other academic units, where appropriate and needed. Note that undergraduate TA positions are entirely distinct from supplemental instructor positions.