Departmental Programs

Honors Program Director: Dr. Lydia Light

The Department of Anthropology offers individual outstanding students the opportunity to earn Honors in Anthropology. The program requires an overall GPA of at least 3.2 and an anthropology GPA of at least 3.5, completion of an internship or Study Abroad, and a 2-course research sequence.  Honors students in Anthropology also participate in two Honors College courses, thus getting to know Honors students from across the campus. 

Honors Program Director: Dr. James Frakes

The optional Honors credential may be awarded to students with a minimum overall GPA of 3.00 and a GPA of at least 3.25 in Art History courses (candidate must meet GPA requirements to apply to program and maintain them to graduate with the departmental honors designation). 

Additionally, to receive honors in Art History, a candidate must:

1.)   Approach an Art History faculty member with your desire to apply to the program and discuss your expected area of research/topic.

2.)   After securing an Art History faculty member’s agreement to serve as your thesis advisor, register for ARTH 3115, Honors Art History Methods (offered in Fall semesters only), and earn an A in that course. During the course, complete the Application For Admission to Candidacy Form.*

3.)   Earn an A in “Problems in Art History” seminar.

4.)   Register for ARTH 4700, Honors Art History Thesis, and present an honors thesis based on in-depth research in primary sources to a committee composed of three members, at least two of whom must be Art History faculty. An honors candidate may fulfill requirements 3 and 4 either in sequence, or concurrently during the same semester, as schedules demand.

Honors Program Director: Dr. Didier Dreau

We live in a time where exciting discoveries in the biological sciences occur every day.  Yet there are so many questions that remain unanswered.  The overall goal of the Honors Program in the Department of Biological Sciences is to provide an in depth understanding of biology by having exceptional students participate in the process of scientific investigation under the tutelage of faculty researchers.  

Honors Program Director: Dr. Dan Jones

Honors courses offered by the Department of Chemistry are Honors sections of already-existing courses in 1) CHEM 4900 – Directed Undergraduate Research, and 2) CHEM 4696 - Seminar. To obtain a degree with Honors in Chemistry, a student must

  1. Complete at least 3 hours of Directed Honors Research (Honors section of CHEM 4900). The student must prepare a description of the proposed Honors research for submission to the Department Honors Committee, which will approve (or disapprove) the proposal.

  2. Prepare an Honors thesis based on the Directed Honors Research.

  3. Complete 1 hour of Honors Seminar (Honors section of CHEM 4696), which involves a seminar presentation of the results of the Honors research and defense of the Honors thesis. The thesis must be successfully defended before a committee consisting of the Honors research director, plus two additional members of the Department, to be appointed by the Department Honors Committee.

  4. Have a GPA of at least 3.2 for all Honors work in Chemistry at UNC Charlotte, have a GPA of at least 3.0 for all UNC Charlotte course work, have a GPA of at least 3.0 for all course work in Chemistry at UNC Charlotte, and receive the grade of "A" for at least 3 hours of Directed Honors Research

Honors Program Director: Dr. Ashli Stokes

The Honors Program in the Department of Communication Studies aims to identify, encourage, nurture and recognize students with exceptional analytical, creative and communicative skills potential.  The program stresses guided but self-directed independent study, and each Honors Student will be evaluated by a faculty committee based upon uniquely developed criteria for each Honors Student.  To apply to the Communication Studies Honors Program, students must have an overall GPA of 3.3 or higher, have completed at least 30 credit hours, and must have taken at least 6 hours of COMM or Journalism courses. Accepted Honors Students will complete honors coursework and an honors thesis to graduate with Departmental Honors. 

Honors Program Director: Dr. Matthew Phillips

The purpose of the Honors Program in Criminal Justice is to identify the creative, imaginative, and/or exceptional student and to encourage and recognize the development of this student’s potential. The Honors Program in Criminal Justice shall encourage independent study and shall evaluate each student’s achievement in terms of her or his ability to proceed as a self-directed learner.  Students must have a 3.2 GPA overall and a 3.5 GPA in the Criminal Justice Major.

Departmental Honors in English

Honors Program Director: Dr. Kirk Melnikoff

The English Honors program offers its outstanding undergraduate students the opportunity to conclude their degree with advanced coursework in a research-seminar setting; it also provides venues for the completion of a capstone project of their choosing under the direction of a faculty member. English Honors students are strongly encouraged to attend departmental talks and events in order to gain an appreciation of the discipline’s professional culture, and they are invited to optional English Honors outings at least once a year.

To be admitted to the English Honors program, students need to have received an “A” in a 4000-level English course and have an overall 3.0 GPA in their English courses and a 3.0 overall GPA. To graduate with Honors in English, undergraduate students are required to take one English Honors Seminar (ENGL 4750) and to complete an Honors capstone thesis (as part of either ENGL 4751 or ENGL 4752) while maintaining a 4.0 GPA in Honors courses. In the semester before graduation, candidates must either present their capstone thesis at an undergraduate colloquium or submit the thesis to an undergraduate journal. 

Honors Program Director: Dr. John Diemer

To graduate with Honors in Geography, Geology, Earth Sciences or Meteorology, a student must meet the following requirements:

  1. Satisfy all the requirements for the degree sought and for the major in Geography, Geology, Earth Sciences or Meteorology.
  2. Maintain at least a 3.2 GPA overall, and 3.2 GPA in all geography, geology, earth sciences and meteorology courses taken at UNC Charlotte to satisfy major requirements.
  3. As part of the final 15 hours of course work, the student must (a) register for at least 3 hours of the Honors section of GEOG 4800/GEOL 4800/ESCI 4800/METR 4800, Individual Study in Geography/Geology/Earth Sciences/Meteorology, and (b) complete a research project and an Honors thesis to be submitted to the Department Honors Committee composed of department faculty that will certify that the project merits Honors distinction. The candidate must earn the grade of A on the thesis research (Honors section of 4800) and present the results in a public forum. To be certified as Honors quality, a project must contain original research and demonstrate a high degree of scholarship.

Honors Program Director: Dr. Christopher Cameron

The B.A. with History Honors is the highest accolade UNC Charlotte History undergraduates can receive.  It attests to your advanced methodology training in History and the successful authorship of a publishable article-style thesis; as well as your exemplary grade point averages in your major and undergraduate courses.  History Honors is a great preparation for post baccalaureate/graduate training, and a stellar addition to your resume. History Honors Candidates may receive dual early-entry graduate credit for the History Master’s program. The honors thesis satisfies the University Honors Program portfolio requirement and the Levine Scholar’s distinction for graduation with honors.

To become a History Honors Candidate, you must complete History 2600 History Skills Seminar with a grade of A, achieve a 3.5 GPA n History; and a 3.0 GPA overall.  Those interested should contact the Director of Undergraduate and Honors Studies early on to determine the best time to enter the program (the honor sequence starts each fall).  This is especially important if you also plan to complete teacher licensure, study abroad, or add another major or honors program to your studies.  You apply for History Honors directly with the Director of Undergraduate and Honors Studies.

Honors Program Director: Dr. Tricia Turner

Consideration for admission to the Honors Program may be initiated by the student or by any faculty member in the Department of Kinesiology. A student may be removed from the Honors Program at any time upon her/his own request or upon recommendation of the Honors Program Committee in consultation with the Department Chair of Kinesiology. There shall be no penalty for removal from the Honors Program.