The College will showcase fall 2023 undergraduate courses related to the theme of Light and Truth. A variety of fall events, including lectures, panel discussions, films, theatre productions, and art exhibits, will complement these offerings. A programming call for these activities will go out after the preliminary course list has been established.
Types of courses
Themester showcases the teaching and scholarship of the College of Arts and Sciences at the undergraduate level. Existing undergraduate courses of any level are welcome, especially those that consider the challenges and opportunities that diversity presents in pluralistic societies such as the United States and others.
Many College departments also allow new curriculum to be tested during a Themester with a revolving topics course (“Topics in ….”). Interested faculty members should talk with their department chair and work within their department’s needs; the College cannot contract for courses above and beyond your regular load.
Related fall 2023 Critical Approaches courses (COLL-C 104, for example) can also be considered for inclusion.
Benefits of inclusion
Themester courses benefit from additional spring and summer registration promotion as well as related public programming in the fall. Courses, especially those identified early in the planning process, help guide programming decisions.
This year, Themester courses are also eligible for small course enhancement grants up to $350. The purpose of this grant is to augment your Themester course for your students; there is no expectation of a public component. Possibilities for the use of these funds include an honorarium for a visiting speaker (perhaps local or via videoconferencing), specialized educational materials, or field trip expenses.
Some Themester-affiliated instructors apply for and receive separate Themester funding for public activities that benefit their students and other undergraduates. Course affiliation makes such proposals more competitive.
How to submit a course
Course submissions for fall 2023's theme should include the following:
- a brief introduction explaining how the course fits the theme or would be framed to do so, with an explanation of how the assigned material represents a variety of viewpoints or diverse sources of expertise,
- a syllabus (preferred) or substantial description or outline of the class with learning outcomes, and
- an 80-word course description that we can use for promotion to students. The description should briefly touch on how the course relates to the theme.
Submission deadline: Please upload course documents (pdf or Word files). Courses will be accepted until February 15.