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Propose an Honors Course

For new honors course proposals

Submit the completed honors course proposal packet, signed, to Peter Tschirhart, Associate Dean, Honors College, Lampasas Building, Room 411, and in an electronic version to

For repeat honors course proposals

Submit the departmental approval form, signed, indicating the semester, days and time you prefer to teach scanned in an email to, or in hard copy to Peter Tschirhart, Associate Dean, Honors College, LAMP 411.

Course proposal deadlines and processes

Please submit course proposals or requests to offer repeat honors courses for the fall 2019 or spring 2020 semesters. The Honors College Curriculum Committee will interview faculty proposing new courses. Notifications will be sent to faculty and respective chairs after the interviews have been held. The deadline for 2019-20 course proposals is September 29, 2018 or when the schedule is fully developed.

Contact Peter Tschirhart at or 512.245.2266 for more information.

Example Course Proposals

Examples of approved faculty course proposals are:

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  • School of Rock
    Students would examine the effects of culture, war, and religion on rock music's effects on social movements in history.
    The Business of Mickey Mouse
    Students would study the history of the Disney corporation and its economic and legal practices, as well as the effects of those practices on the business practices and the interpretation of business law in general.
    Music as Therapy
    The goal of this course would be to teach students the value of using music as a therapeutic technique.
    Analyzing Harry Potter
    This course would analyze J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter books in terms of their psychological impacts on children, and their impacts on mass communication and marketing to a child audience.
    The Development and Destruction of Children's Imaginations
    This course would examine society's effects on children's creativity.
    Modernization of Classic Novels
    This course would analyze what quality or set of qualities make(s) classics "timeless," and why people feel the need to update classic novels by creating film adaptations or literary reimaginings.
    Alternate Realities
    This course discusses the various types of alternate realities, such as mental illness, time travel, virtual reality, dreams, and drugs as creating another reality. The course goal is to analyze alternate realities through discussions, writing, creative activities, and research
    Coffee to Cocaine: Addictions
    This course is about the psychology of addictions. Students will be expected to understand the methods by which individuals develop addictions and how they affect them. The final project will be an in-depth study and presentation on a specific addicting substance.
    Dragons and Mythical Creatures
    It is part of mainstream pop culture with a long history in fantasy that will continue to influence culture and entertainment. This course will study the changes in perception of magical creatures from ancient to modern times in literature and media. Additionally, the course objectives are to: 
    • Understand what natural phenomenon caused a belief in a particular creature
    • Study ancient perceptions of mythological creatures compared to modern views
    • Study the changes in perception over time; learn about and appreciate mythological creatures
    • Study how the culture shapes perception and how that changes over time
    History of Marriage

    Marriage affects many people. There are many political debates and issues about what constitutes marriage. This course researches the institution of marriage and how it has changed over time. The objective of this course is to understand: 

    • What marriage is in different cultures
    • How it has changed in U.S. culture (ethics of marriage and divorce over time)
    • Discuss marriage in political views
    Human Trafficking
    Human trafficking happens all around the world, even in the United States. Most people do not know that there are modern day slaves. Our global community should be committed to liberating these people, but that cannot be done until people are educated about this issue. Slavery is not a thing of the past. This course teaches about the prevalence of human trafficking around the world, such as sex trafficking, slave labor, child trafficking, and the like. Students will compare sex trafficking and how it compares to slavery in the past. This course will also focus on what can be done to change this issue.

    Psychology of Dreams
    This course studies the interpretation and effect of dreams. The fundamental process of REM sleep cycles in correlation to the subliminal messages of a particular dreams. This course also investigates lucid dreaming and its purpose in solving internal conflicts. Moreover, this course is designed to help students recognize and interpret the correlation between dreams, personality and behavior, as well as understand the subconscious and its effect on human behavior. 

    Victorian Morality: Vision and Actuality
    This course is an examination of sexual repression during the Victorian Era and the dichotomy of the class system seen in London during the mid to late nineteenth century. The goal of this course is to discuss the disparity between classes and analyze how this inspired modern social and equality movements.