Departmental Programs

(SPAN)
Honors Program Director: Dr. David Dalton

To obtain a degree with Honors in Spanish, a student will:

  1. Complete at least 3 hours of Senior Honors Thesis (SPAN 4700).  The thesis can be written in English or Spanish. The student will prepare a description of the proposed Honors research for submission to the Spanish Honors Committee, which has the authority to approve, amend, or reject the proposal. The student must also submit the proposal along with the “Application for Admission to Candidacy” to the Honors College, which has the authority to approve, amend, or reject candidacy.
  2. Prepare an Honors thesis based on independent Honors research.
  3. Successfully defend the thesis before a committee consisting of a thesis adviser chosen by the student in consultation with the Director of the Honors Program in Spanish plus two additional faculty members.
  4. Have a GPA of at least 3.5 for all work in Spanish at UNCC, have a GPA of at least 3.0 for all UNCC course work, and receive the grade of "A" for at least 3 hours of Senior Honors Thesis.
  5. Complete an additional 6 hours by having a 6 hour or longer study abroad experience or a professional internship experience of 6 hours (SPAN 4410) or both a 3 hour study abroad and an 3 hour internship experience.
  6. Study another language at least through 2202 (the end of the Intermediate level).

(LTAM)
Honors Program Director: Dr. Jose Batista

To obtain a degree with Honors in Latin American Studies, a student will

  1. complete at least 3 hours of Senior Honors Thesis (LTAM 4700).
  2. The student will prepare a description of the proposed Honors research for submission to the Latin American Studies Honors Committee, which has the authority to approve, amend, or reject the proposal. Students who plan to graduate with "Honors in Latin American Studies" must apply for, and be approved for "Honors Candidacy" by the University Honors Council no later than the semester prior to the one at the end of which they plan to graduate.
  3. Prepare an Honors thesis based on independent Honors research.
  4. Successfully defend the thesis before a committee consisting of a thesis adviser chosen by the student in consultation with the Director of Latin American Studies, plus two members of the Latin American Studies Honors Committee.
  5. Have a GPA of at least 3.25 for all work in Latin American Studies at UNC Charlotte, have a GPA of at least 3.0 for all UNC Charlotte course work, receive the grade of "A" for at least 3 hours of Senior Honors Thesis, and have a GPA of at least 3.2 for all Honors courses in Latin American Studies.

(MATH)
Honors Program Director: Dr. Adriana Ocejo Monge

The purpose of the honors program in mathematics is to stimulate the imagination and deepen the understanding of students by encouraging independent study, and to provide recognition of exceptional achievements in mathematics. Students who complete the requirements of the program graduate with honors in mathematics.


(PHIL)
Honors Program Director: Dr. Robin James

The Philosophy Honors program is an intensive research experience. It is excellent preparation for the type of work students will need to do in graduate programs in philosophy and other humanities disciplines (such as literature, cultural studies, etc.). Given the interdisciplinary nature of our program and our faculty's research, philosophy honors students can easily pursue interdisciplinary projects in areas such as practical and professional ethics, women's and gender studies, and environmental studies.


(PHYS)
Honors Program Director: Dr. Nate Fried

The Department of Physics and Optical Science offers a research-based honors program for undergraduate students. Students must complete a senior research project and maintain a minimum GPA in physics. To find out more about the Honors Program, talk to an undergraduate advisor in the Department.


(POLS)
Honors Program Director: Dr. Jim Walsh (Fall 2017) / Dr. Beth Whitaker (research leave Fall 2017)

To graduate with Honors in Political Science and have this fact affixed to the student's transcript, a student must:

1.      Comply with all of the requirements for a major in Political Science;
2.      Complete at least two UNC Charlotte honors courses (either HONR or the section number begins with an H);
3.      Have a GPA of at least 3.25 in all UNC Charlotte honors courses;
4.      Have an overall GPA at UNC Charlotte of at least 3.25;
5.      Have a GPA of at least 3.4 in all Political Science courses taken at UNC Charlotte;
6.      Complete the honors section of the Senior Thesis in Political Science (POLS 4990) with a grade of A and licensure of the Department Honors Committee that the thesis deserves a grade of A and is of Honors quality; and
7.      Present an oral defense of the thesis to the Department Honors Committee with a grade of A and licensure of the Committee that oral defense deserves a grade of A and is of Honors quality.


(PSYC)
Honors Program Director: Dr. Sara Levens

The honors program in psychology involves a two-semester thesis project that is designed to be similar to a master's thesis.  During the first semester, the student does a literature search of existing research on his or her topic, and uses that material as the basis for a Research Proposal.  There is a formal defense of the proposal before a committee of 3-4 faculty members at the end of the first semester.


(RELS)
Honors Program Director: Dr. James Tabor

To obtain a degree with Departmental Honors in Religious Studies, a student must:

(a) complete at least three hours of Honors Thesis (RELS 4700) with an A, which includes writing an honors thesis under the supervision of a faculty member, and publicly presenting the results of that research to the Religious Studies Honors Committee, thesis advisor, and any other interested faculty members and classmates;

(b) explain, in writing, how his or her course of study in the department developed a focused inquiry into the study of religion, to the satisfaction of the Religious Studies Honors Committee;

(c) have a GPA of at least 3.0 for all course work at UNC Charlotte, and a GPA of at least 3.5 for all work in Religious Studies at UNC Charlotte, or agreement from a faculty member to advise the thesis if the student does not meet these criteria; and

(d) comply with all procedural and substantial requirements established by the University Honors Council for graduating with Departmental Honors.


(SOCY)
Honors Program Director: Dr. Elizabeth Stearns

The B.A. in Sociology with Honors program aims to identify, encourage, and nurture students with exceptional analytical, creative, and communicative skills.  The program stresses guided, but self-directed, independent study culminating with an undergraduate thesis. Each Honors student will be assisted and evaluated by a faculty committee. The Sociology Honors program is great preparation for post baccalaureate/graduate training in Sociology and other social science fields, as well as a stellar addition to student resumés. 


(HONR)
Honors Program Director: Dr. Jennifer Warner

The University Honors Program (UHP) is designed to support students in the classroom, throughout campus, in the community, and beyond. We are an interdisciplinary, multi-year program that welcomes students from any major. UHP is the oldest and largest honors program at UNC Charlotte and is composed of students with similar motivations and goals who represent diverse perspectives, backgrounds, and interests. Our students share an interest in challenging themselves in the pursuit of an enriched, well-rounded education.

The program emphasizes scholarship, leadership, and community engagement on campus, in the greater Charlotte region, and beyond.  Honors courses stress collaborative and reflective practices with the goal of broadening perspectives and promoting open discussion as local and global issues are considered. We seek to inspire students to be intellectually curious, creative problem solvers, and envoys of diverse and inclusive thinking in and outside of the classroom. Our students develop as scholar-citizens during their time at UNC Charlotte and are prepared to act as change-agents in their communities.