UNC Honors Program


The Honors Program requires completion of a total of 18 credits with 12 credits undertaken in Academic Foundations; 6 credits undertaken in Application of Academic Inquiry; and evidence of Community or Professional Engagement during the student’s undergraduate studies. Honors students who complete all requirements and maintain a cumulative 3.25 UNC BooksGPA will receive recognition during university commencement ceremonies, on their diploma, and on their transcripts that they have graduated from the University Honors Program.

Academic Foundations

The Academic Foundations area provides Honors students with a variety of course selections under Liberal Arts Core, Honors Connections Seminars, and Honors Experiential Learning Options.  Students who carefully plan their course of study in this area may be able to use all of their Honors coursework to co-satisfy Liberal Arts Core, major, or minor program requirements.

Application of Academic Inquiry

In their junior and senior year, Honors students engage in an in-depth study or creative works project of their choice which gives them the opportunity to work individually with a faculty mentor and strengthen their research, writing, and presentation skills.  For their work in Application of Academic Inquiry, students must take 3 credit in each of two courses—HON 351 and HON 451—to satisfy this requirement and must present their completed research in a public forum to educate others on their topic.  Students may complete their in-depth study in any discipline, and projects may include field research, experimentation, or creative composition such as in the humanities or fine arts.  All projects require a written component with critical, research-based, reflective analysis.

Honors Connect: Community or Professional Engagement

Being an Honors Student is about more than just academic course work.  It is also important that Honors Students become active members of their Program, their campus and their community to broaden their experience base.  As a means of developing both a personal ethic and professional demeanor in one’s discipline along with a sense of community within the Center for Honors, Scholars and Leadership, students during their Freshman year must provide evidence of participation in Honors, campus and community activities and events through the Honors Connect program.  After the Freshman year, students can choose which areas they want to stay involved with over the course of their studies, and are simply asked to log their participation in the Honors Connect database once a semester with no set specific requirements.  More information about Honors Connect.

Course Descriptions in the UNC Catalog


For complete details on the Honors Program curriculum requirements, prospective students may download the Honors Student Handbook on the Forms and Documents page or contact the Honors Program office (970) 351-2940 to have a copy of the handbook mailed to you.