UNC Honors Program

Honors Interdisciplinary Program Requirements

The Honors Interdisciplinary Program is designed to provide all majors at UNC the opportunity to complete honors courses without impeding on their regular studies.  Many of the courses may cross count for Liberal Arts Core requirements or count toward general electives for graduation.  In general Honors students will take one course per semester in their freshman and sophomore years plus a 1 credit hour research skills course.  These classes are designed to teach critical thinking skills and the ability to problem solve by providing in depth examination of challenging concepts.

General Requirements

  • Completion of a total of 13 course credit hours from approved interdisciplinary course.
  • Evidence of Community and Professional Engagement during the student’s undergraduate studies through the Honors Connect co-curricular program.  Co-curricular requirements include attendance at a minimum of two honors events and two campus or community events each semester such as Honors Colloquium Series events, Academic speaker events, cultural events or community engagement events. 
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative 3.25 UNC GPA

Required Courses
Category 1 - First Year Coursework (6 credits) - Complete two courses from the following:

  • HON100: Honors Connection Seminar I or
  • HON 200: Honors Connection Seminar II or
  • LEAD100 for President’s Leadership Program students or
  • MIND100: Life of the Mind introduction course (honors only section offered to honors freshmen who live in the Honors Residential Learning Community)
  • Any Life of the Mind Seminar

Category 2- Second year Coursework – (6 credits) Complete two courses from the following:

  • Any Honors Connection Seminar or
  • LEAD200 for President’s Leadership Program students or
  • Any Life of the Mind Seminar
  • An approved study abroad or International Student Exchange experience

Category 3 Honors Research Skills — (1-2 credits)

  • LIB151 – Honors Research Skills or
  • LIB150 (for certain majors such as Criminal Justice and ASLS and Student Athletes who complete the summer bridge program)
  • Optional: LIB 251 – Research as Inquiry (Required for students planning to apply for the Upper Division Honors Program)