UNC Honors Program

Honors Upper Division Program Requirements


General Requirements

The Upper Division Honors Program provides Honors students the opportunity to engage in an in-depth study or independent honors project of their choice.  Upper Division Honors Students work individually with a faculty mentor and strengthen their research, writing, creative and presentation skills. Students may complete their in-depth study in any discipline, and projects may include field research, experimentation, social science, natural science or humanities theses in the Research Path; an applied or civically engaged project, business or teaching curriculum project in the Applied Path; or creative composition such as in the humanities, music, theatre or fine arts in the Creative Path. Students designate their chosen Path upon application to the program.   All projects require a written component with critical, research-based, reflective analysis. All complete projects are bound and placed in the permanent collection of the James A. Michener Library, and students present their completed research or creative project in a public forum to educate others on their topic.  Honors students also are encouraged to submit their final written project for inclusion in a scholarly journal, such as UNC’s Undergraduate Research Journal.

The Upper Division Honors Program requires the following:

  • Completion of a total of 11 honors-recognized course credits.
  • Presentation of Honors Research or Creative Capstone Project in a public forum
  • Achieve a minimum cumulative 3.25 UNC GPA at time of graduation
    • GPA may dip below the 3.25 minimum as long as the student can bring the GPA back up above this minimum.

Click here for the Honors Upper Division Program Application

For Current UNC students or Transfer students with more than 45 credit hours. Please complete the application and submit it with your essays and one letter of recommendation (then include the ways to submit as listed on the application). For Fall enrollment, please submit prior to August 1. 

Required Courses

Honors Project Core (5 credits)

  • LIB 251 Research as Inquiry: Exploration for Beginning Researchers (1 credit)
    • May be taken in Sophomore year as prerequisite to HON351 or in Junior year co-enrolled in HON351.
  • HON 351 Junior Honors Seminar/Project Design (1 credit)
  • HON 451 Senior Honors Research Thesis (3 credits)
    • May be taken as a 3 credit course, or as 1-2 credit hours over multiple semesters. Max of 3 credits.
    • Directed Study with the Thesis Advisor may be approved for up to 2 credits toward the HON451. A minimum of 1 credit of HON451 must be earned.

Honors Electives - Complete two of the following (minimum of 6 credits)

  • Approved research methodology course or directed study with research methodology project. (Required for Research Path)
    • HON420 for Social Science or Humanities majors (offered in Spring).
    • Research Courses in Psychology, Sociology, Chemistry, History, etc. may count toward this requirement.
    • Student must complete the Research Methodology course form for approval.
  • Internship, Service Learning course, Practicum or Field Experience – must be contracted for Honors credit (Required for Applied Path)
    • Student must complete the experiential learning options form at least one semester in advance.
  • Honors Course by Contract – Undergraduate or Graduate level
    • Student must complete the course by contract form and submit by the 5th week of the semester.
  • Study Abroad/International Student Exchange or National Student Exchange experience
    • Student must complete the experiential learning options form at least one semester in advance.

Additional information about general Honors Requirements, Honors courses by contract, experiential option requirements and program planning can be found in the Honors Program Student Handbook available on the website at www.unco.edu/honors.


Honors Interdisciplinary Program to Upper Honors Division Program Intent Forms

If have just graduated or are about to graduate from the Honors Interdisciplinary Program (HIP) and are looking to continue on to the Upper Honors Division Program (UHP), please take a look at the forms below. While HIP students are automatically encouraged to apply for UHP, any HIP student wanting to go into UHP must complete an intent form. This forms lets our office know that you wish to continue into UHP.

Honors HIP to UHP Intent Form (pdf)