Students who enter the Honors College are asked to complete four interdisciplinary honors courses (designated with HON) and four general education honors courses (designated by “honors only” in the semester schedule of classes and are listed on this website by term here). These courses all simultaneously fulfill honors college requirements as well as general education requirements at UNCP.
During the last three semesters of the Junior and Senior years, students also take HON 4000 and HON 4500 which will fulfill the senior project requirement.
Students who enter the Maynor Honors College as freshmen are required to begin with a one-year integrated learning community experience, which involves taking honors courses together while also being centrally housed in the honors wing of Oak Hall. Students who enter the college at a later point are also welcome to stay in honors area of Oak Hall.
Continuation in the Honors College requires a minimum GPA of 3.0 at the end of the freshman year, 3.25 at the end of the sophomore year and 3.5 at the end of the junior year. Any exceptions or substitutions of requirements will be determined by the Dean of the Maynor Honors College in consultation with the faculty Honors Council.
With the above guidelines in mind, students in the Honors College can choose one of three academic tracks for graduation from the College:
1. University Honors
Complete the senior project though the appropriate course sequence:
*The Senior Project is fulfilled by the successful completion of HON 4000 and 4500 and can take one of four paths:
1) Community Service Project: This project involves a student’s active participation in a focused project involving service to the community. The student must complete either the Horizon Leadership Program or the Distinguished Leader program, both administered through the Leadership and Service Opportunities Office. The Service Project will be done in collaboration with a UNCP faculty member. During the senior year, the student will also schedule an oral presentation describing the development, implementation, and outcomes of the Community Service Project.
2) Campus Dialogue Project: This option involves active participation in a campus-wide dialogue about a specific issue, usually relative to the student’s major. The student will work with a faculty mentor to research the topic. During the senior year, the student must organize and facilitate (in consultation with the faculty mentor and Honors College Dean) at least two campus dialogues on the topic. These dialogues should involve faculty and students from a variety of disciplines.
3) Creative Project: Students choosing this option will work with a faculty mentor to develop the project. During the senior year, the student will display or perform his or her art and then provide an oral description/interpretation of the work.
4) Senior Thesis Project: The Senior Thesis is a written research project completed under the direction of a faculty mentor. Guidelines are available in the Honors College office or downloaded here. The thesis is completed during the senior year, and should conclude with an oral presentation of the thesis where the results of the student research can be shared with others on campus.
2. Departmental Honors
*Description of Contract Courses:
Contract courses are traditional courses that are tailored to meet honors requirements by requiring work that is above and beyond the normal expectations of the course. Contract courses must be taught by tenured or tenure-track members of the student’s major department. The student and faculty member teaching the section will agree upon the requirements for completing the contract course, fill out the appropriate paperwork (available online here), and obtain the signature of the department chair. The contract and accompanying syllabus will be turned in to the Dean of the Honors College for final approval.
Complete a senior thesis though the appropriate course sequence:
*The Senior Thesis is a written research project completed under the direction of a faculty mentor. Guidelines are available in the Honors College office or downloaded here. The thesis is completed during the senior year, and should conclude with an oral presentation of the thesis where the results of the student research can be shared with others on campus.
3. University and Departmental Honors
Complete an enhanced senior project consisting of a senior thesis PLUS a service, dialogue, or creative project though the appropriate course sequence:
Note: It is possible, though not necessary, that the senior thesis and senior project are developed from the same research. Students must consult with the Honors College Dean to coordinate the successful completion of both University and Departmental Honors.
Updated: Tuesday, January 15, 2013
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