Honors Programs

UNC Charlotte has 29 distinct honors programs. As can be read in the program descriptions below, many programs are available only to students of a certain department or college. The University Honors Program is a four-year interdisciplinary program open to students of any major and emphasizes interdisciplinary coursework, community service, and diverse cultural experiences. 

Students in any honors program have access to honors housing, priority registration, enrichment activities, special events and speakers, courses with top faculty, scholarships, travel funding to present at conferences, and leadership opportunities. Some programs sponsor retreats, offer research opportunities and funding, and provide professional development opportunities. Upon graduation, honors is noted on students' transcripts. 

In addition to the 29 honors programs available at UNC Charlotte, there are four merit scholarship programs that provide membership in the Honors College. 

 

UNC Charlotte Honors Programs:

HONORS IN AFRICANA STUDIES

HONORS IN AFRICANA STUDIES

Director: Dr. Akin Ogundiran

The Africana Studies Honors Program provides opportunities for exceptional achievement in the Africana Studies major. The goal is to deepen the understanding of self-motivated students in the interdisciplinary field of Africana Studies.

When can I apply?

Students can apply after they have declared an Africana Studies major and completed at least 6 hours of AFRS courses with at least a “B” in each.

What are the GPA requirements?

You must maintain a 3.0 overall GPA and a 3.25 in all departmental courses.

What are the curricular requirements?

Students must enroll in either the honors section of AFRS 3290 or the honors section of AFRS 4010, along with completing AFRS 4790. Visit the program website to learn more about the required courses and thesis options. 

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HONORS IN ANTHROPOLOGY

HONORS IN ANTHROPOLOGY 

Director: Dr. Lydia Light

The Department of Anthropology offers outstanding students the opportunity to earn Honors in Anthropology by completing a two-course research sequence that deepens their knowledge of the anthropological field.

When can I apply? 

Students may apply during the first semester of their junior year. 

What are the GPA requirements?

You must maintain a 3.2 overall GPA and a 3.5 in anthropology departmental courses. 

What are the curricular requirements?

Students must complete both ANTH 4601 and ANTH 4701. Students must also meet the internship or study abroad requirement, and must enroll in two (2) university honors courses. Visit the program website to learn more about the required courses and thesis options.

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ARTS + ARCHITECTURE HONORS PROGRAM

COLLEGE OF ARTS + ARCHITECTURE HONORS PROGRAM

Director:  Dr. Jae Emerling

The Arts + Architecture Honors Program (AAHP) brings students together from all units of the CoA+A through coursework and extracurricular activities. AAHP furthers the CoA+A’s goals of providing creative leadership for the UNC Charlotte and greater Charlotte communities by encouraging and developing the full potential of its outstanding students. AAHP students take an active and engaged role in their own education within an interdisciplinary curriculum built on the shared nature of the built, visual, and performing arts. AAHP students not only explore connections between their various artistic disciplines, but also between the arts and the community. The Program's aim is to foster a unique educational experience for our students, one that culminates in them understanding the aesthetic, social, and ethical reasons why artistic creation of all kinds is essential to the human endeavor. Our program challenges its students and offers them the opportunity to engage in the most innovative undergraduate creative research in the UNC system.

When can I apply?

Students may apply as a high school senior or during their freshman year.

What are the GPA requirements?

You must maintain a 3.5 overall GPA while in the program.

What are the curricular requirements?

Students must enroll in AAHP 2600, two (2) courses within the range of AAHP 3001 - AAHP 3006, and AAHP 3900. Visit the program website to learn more about the required courses and thesis options.

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HONORS IN ART HISTORY

HONORS IN ART HISTORY

Director: Dr. James Frakes

The Department of Art History offers an opportunity to graduate with honors for students who want to complete further well-articulated research in the department and pursue in-depth analysis of other topics in art history.

When can I apply?

Students may apply during their junior year when registering for ARTH 3115.

What are the GPA requirements?

You must maintain a 3.0 overall GPA and a 3.25 in art history departmental courses. 

What are the curricular requirements?

Students must enroll in ARTH 3115 and the “Problems in Art History” seminar, and earn an A in both courses. Students must also complete ARTH 4700. Visit the program website to learn more about the required courses and thesis options.

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HONORS IN BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES

HONORS IN BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES

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.

When can I apply?

Students may apply during the 1st semester of their junior year.

What are the GPA requirements?

You must maintain a 3.2 overall GPA and a 3.4 in biological sciences departmental courses. 

What are the curricular requirements?

Students will enroll in BIOL 3111, BIOL 4601, BIOL 4700 and BIOL 4701, and must earn an A or B in all four (4) courses. Visit the program website to learn more about the required courses and thesis options.

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BUSINESS HONORS PROGRAM

BUSINESS HONORS PROGRAM

Director:  Dr. Ted Amato

Members of the Business Honors Program (BHP) participate in stimulating coursework, leadership activities, career-building exercises, and community service endeavors designed to promote marketability after graduation. BHP students typically enroll in two Honors courses per year for the duration of their college career. Classes are kept small to facilitate faculty and student interaction. BHP members also have access to a specialized Academic Advisor who ensures correct progression of the degree. Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive Honors commendation on their academic transcript.

When can I apply?

Students may apply as a high school senior or during their freshman or sophomore year. 

What are the GPA requirements?

You must maintain a 3.5 overall GPA while in the program.

What are the curricular requirements?

Students will complete 24 hours of honors coursework within the Belk College of Business and must take at least one additional university honors course. Visit the program website to learn more about the required courses and thesis options.

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HONORS IN CHEMISTRY

HONORS IN CHEMISTRY

Director: Dr. Dan Jones

The Department of Chemistry offers students the opportunity to pursue an honors degree by completing directed honors research and presenting that research in a seminar setting within the department. While the Honors Program in Chemistry is intended primarily for chemistry majors, it is open to students in other majors who have the appropriate background in chemistry.

When can I apply?

Students may apply during their junior or senior year. 

What are the GPA requirements?

You must maintain a 3.0 overall GPA and a 3.2 in honors chemistry courses.

What are the curricular requirements?

Students will complete the honors sections of both CHEM 4900 and CHEM 4696 to earn the honors designation upon graduation. Visit the program website to learn more about the required courses and thesis options. 


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HONORS IN COMMUNICATION STUDIES

HONORS IN COMMUNICATION STUDIES

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 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.

When can I apply?

Students may apply during their sophomore year or the first semester of their junior year.

What are the GPA requirements?

You must maintain a 3.3 overall GPA and a 3.3 in departmental and honors courses. 

What are the curricular requirements?

Students must complete both COMM 3890 and COMM 3891 to fulfill the honors coursework requirements. Visit the program website to learn more about the required courses and thesis options.

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COMPUTING AND INFORMATICS HONORS PROGRAM

COLLEGE OF COMPUTING AND INFORMATICS HONORS PROGRAM

Director: Dr. Jessica Schlueter

The goal of the Honors Program in the College of Computing and Informatics (CCI) is to identify creative, imaginative, and exceptional undergraduate CCI students and develop their potential through encouragement, opportunity, and recognition. By providing such students with the benefits of smaller classes and a more challenging curriculum, CCI hopes to impact retention of majors, entry into our graduate programs, and have talented undergraduate students contribute to and participate in faculty research.

When can I apply?

Students can apply as a high school senior or during their freshman, sophomore or junior year.

What are the GPA requirements?

You must maintain a 3.2 overall GPA and a 3.5 in CCI departmental courses. 

What are the curricular requirements?

Students will complete 15 hours of honors coursework, including six (6) hours of Honors Capstone Experience. Visit the program website to learn more about the required courses and thesis options.

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HONORS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE

HONORS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE

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.

When can I apply?

Students can apply during their sophomore or junior year.

What are the GPA requirements? 

You must maintain a 3.2 overall GPA and a 3.5 in criminal justice departmental courses. 

What are the curricular requirements?

To earn the honors designation, students must enroll in and complete CJUS 4700. Visit the program website to learn more about the required courses and thesis options.

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EDUCATION HONORS PROGRAM

COLLEGE OF EDUCATION HONORS PROGRAM

Co-Director: Dr. Amy Good 
Co-Director: Dr. Cindy Gilson

The purpose of the Honors in Education Program is to identify exceptional undergraduate students who, through uncompromising probity and intellectual vigor, deserve formal recognition of their extraordinary academic performance, skills, and dispositions.  While many education students exhibit noteworthy behavior and achieve high academic standing, only honors students receive “Honors in Education” recognition recorded on their academic transcript. 

When can I apply?

Students can apply after they have been admitted to a teacher education program and completed at least 30 semester hours of coursework. Students must apply at least three (3) semesters before the semester in which they will be student teaching.

What are the GPA requirements? 

You must maintain a 3.5 overall GPA and a 3.5 GPA in honors coursework.

What are the curricular requirements?

Visit the program website to learn more about the required courses and thesis options.

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ENGINEERING HONORS PROGRAM

COLLEGE OF ENGINEERIng Honors Program

Director: Dr. Ron Smelser

The William States Lee College of Engineering Honors Program recognizes students who have excelled in their demanding undergraduate curricula.  The program expands their academic achievements and strives to develop the necessary skills to be reflective both personally and technically. This will enable students to achieve satisfaction and advancement in their careers as graduates with honors in engineering.

When can I apply?

Students can apply during their senior year.

What are the GPA requirements?

You must maintain a 3.5 overall GPA.

What are the curricular requirements?

Students will complete ENGR 3790 and ENGR 3791 in order to fulfill their honors coursework requirements. Visit the program website to learn more about the required courses and thesis options. 

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HONORS IN ENGLISH

HONORS IN ENGLISH

Director: Dr. Kirk Melnikoff 

English Honors Newsletter

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.

When can I apply?

Students can apply during the first semester of their junior year. 

What are the GPA requirements? 

You must maintain a 3.0 overall GPA, a 3.5 GPA in English department courses and a 4.0 GPA in honors English courses. 

What are the curricular requirements?

Students will complete their honors coursework by enrolling in ENGL 4750 and either ENGL 4751 or ENGL 4752. Visit the program website to learn more about the required courses and thesis options.  

 

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HONORS IN GEOGRAPHY & EARTH SCIENCE

HONORS IN GEOGRAPHY & EARTH SCIENCE 

Director: Dr. John Diemer

Students have the opportunity to earn honors in Geography & Earth Science by completing additional research that furthers their learning and understanding through a hands-on experience within a research group.

When can I apply? 

Students can apply at any time during their junior year.

What are the GPA requirements? 

You must maintain a 3.2 overall GPA and a 3.2 GPA in all geography, geology, earth science and meteorology courses.

What are the curricular requirements? 

Students must complete the honors section of the 4800 course within their major (geography, geology, earth science or meteorology), which will include the completion of research and the presentation of a thesis. Visit the program website to learn more about the required courses and thesis options. 

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Honors in Health Systems Management

Honors in Health Systems Management

Director: Ms. Chelsea Demarest

Honors programs are intended for academically talented and enthusiastic students. The Health Systems Management Honors Program allows these students to complete a healthcare analytics experience and internship/study abroad experience that will challenge students and strengthen their understanding of the healthcare field.

When can I apply?

Students may apply during their junior or senior year, after they have completed 60 hours of overall coursework and 15 hours of coursework within the Health Systems Management major.

What are the GPA requirements?

You must maintain a 3.25 overall GPA and a 3.5 GPA within all HSMT courses.

What are the curricular requirements?

Students must complete both HSMT 4701 and HSMT 4702, along with an internship (HSMT 4700) or a study abroad experience (HSMT 4790). Visit the program website to learn more about the required courses and thesis options.

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HONORS IN HISTORY

HONORS IN HISTORY

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. 

When can I apply? 

Students can apply during their junior or senior years.

What are the GPA requirements? 

You must maintain a 3.0 overall GPA and a 3.5 GPA in history department courses.

What are the curricular requirements?  

Students must complete six (6) hours of honors coursework by enrolling in HIST 4797 and HIST 4799. Visit the program website to learn more about the required courses and thesis options.  

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HONORS IN KINESIOLOGY

HONORS IN KINESIOLOGY 

Director: Dr. Joseph Marino

Students completing their degree in Kinesiology or Exercise Science can pursue honors through their department by completing well-articulated research and broadening their honors education through the enrollment in additional honors courses outside the department.

When can I apply? 

Students may apply during their sophomore or junior years.

What are the GPA requirements? 

You must maintain a 3.2 overall GPA and a 3.5 in your major courses.

What are the curricular requirements? 

Students must complete KNES 4700, along with six (6) hours of university honors coursework. Visit the program website to learn more about the required courses and thesis options. 

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HONORS IN LANGUAGES & CULTURE STUDIES

HONORS IN LANGUAGES & CULTURe STUDIES

Director: Dr. David Dalton

Students who are pursuing a degree in Spanish have the option to earn honors by completing research within the department. This research, which can be completed in English or Spanish, will have to be successfully defended, while students also strengthen their undergraduate experience through internship or study abroad credit and develop additional language skills.

When can I apply? 

Students may apply at the beginning of their sophomore year.

What are the GPA requirements? 

You must maintain a 3.0 overall GPA and a 3.5 GPA in departmental courses.

What are the curricular requirements? 

Students must earn an A in SPAN 4700 to graduate with honors. You must also have six (6) hours of internship for credit and/or study abroad, and have taken an additional language at least through 2202 (the end of the Intermediate level). Visit the program website to learn more about the required courses and thesis options. 

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HONORS IN LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES

HONORS IN LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES

Director: Dr. Jose Batista

The Latin American Studies department offers the opportunity to graduate with honors for students who wish to complete research and present a thesis on a well-articulated topic in the department. Students who successfully defend their thesis and meet the GPA requirements will be able to graduate with Honors in Latin American Studies.

When can I apply? 

Students may apply during their junior year.

What are the GPA requirements? 

You must maintain a 3.25 overall GPA and a 3.25 in departmental courses. 

What are the curricular requirements? 

Students must enroll in LTAM 4700 to complete their thesis, and must earn an A in this course to graduate with honors. Visit the program website to learn more about the required courses and thesis options. 

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HONORS IN MATHEMATICS

HONORS IN MATHEMATICS 

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.

When can I apply? 

Students may apply during their junior or senior year.

What are the GPA requirements?

Students must maintain a 3.0 overall GPA, a 3.25 GPA in departmental courses and a 3.5 GPA in the honors mathematics courses.  

What are the curricular requirements? 

Students complete six (6) hours of honors coursework by enrolling in MATH 3790 and MATH 3791. Visit the program website to learn more about the required courses and thesis options.

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Honors in Nursing

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HONORS IN PHILOSOPHY

HONORS IN PHILOSOPHY

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.

When can I apply? 

Students can apply during their sophomore or junior years.

What are the GPA requirements? 

You must maintain a 3.5 GPA in departmental courses and a 3.5 GPA in all honors coursework. 

What are the curricular requirements? 

Students must complete six (6) hours of honors coursework: a university honors course and PHIL 3791. Visit the program website to learn more about the required courses and thesis options.

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HONORS IN PHYSICS AND OPTICAL SCIENCE

HONORS IN PHYSICS AND OPTICAL SCIENCE

Director: Dr. Nate Fried

Students have the opportunity to earn honors in Physics & Optical Science by completing additional research that furthers their learning and understanding through a hands-on experience within a research group.

When can I apply? 

Students can apply during the first semester of their senior year.

What are the GPA requirements? 

You must maintain a 3.0 GPA in all departmental courses.

What are the curricular requirements? 

Students must complete their final project in the honors section of PHYS 3900 and earn an A in this course. The research project typically takes two (2) semesters to complete. Visit the program website to learn more about the required courses and thesis options.

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HONORS IN POLITICAL SCIENCE

HONORS IN POLITICAL SCIENCE 

Director: Dr. Beth Whitaker 

Students can earn Honors in Political Science by completing a literature review and research thesis that allows them to deepen their understanding of an topic of their choice and learn more about potential graduate schools and career options through relationships with departmental faculty.

When can I apply? 

Students may apply after they have earned an “A” in POLS 2220.

What are the GPA requirements? 

You must maintain a 3.25 overall GPA and a 3.4 GPA in departmental courses.

What are the curricular requirements? 

Students must complete 12 hours of honors coursework, including six (6) hours of university honors courses and six (6) hours of political science honors, specifically the honors sections of POLS 3800 and POLS 4990. Visit the program website to learn more about the required courses and thesis options.

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HONORS IN PSYCHOLOGY

HONORS IN PSYCHOLOGY 

Director: Dr. Sara Levens

Students majoring in psychology have the opportunity to earn honors by completing 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.

When can I apply? 

Students may apply during their junior year.

What are the GPA requirements? 

You must maintain a 3.2 overall GPA and a 3.2 GPA in departmental courses.

What are the curricular requirements? 

Students complete six (6) hours of honors coursework through PSYC 4690 amd PSYC 4691. Visit the program website to learn more about the required courses and thesis options.

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HONORS IN RELIGIOUS STUDIES

HONORS IN RELIGIOUS STUDIES

Director: Dr. James Tabor

The Department of Religious Studies offers an honors program that allows students to deepen their consideration of approaches to the study of religion and to explore a well-articulated question in a written thesis.

When can I apply? 

Students may apply during their junior year or first semester of senior year.

What are the GPA requirements? 

You must maintain a 3.0 overall GPA and a 3.2 GPA in departmental courses.

What are the curricular requirements? 

Students are required to take RELS 4400 and complete a honors thesis (RELS 4700). Visit the program website to learn more about the required courses and thesis options.

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Honors in Social Work

Honors in Social Work

Director: Dr. Sonyia Richardson

Social Work students have the opportunity to pursue honors in their program by completing research and field experiences that will aid in the development of a thesis within their major to further their academic and career goals.

When can I apply?

Students may apply to the honors program when they are applying to the Upper Division Social Work program.

What are the GPA requirements?

You must have at least a 3.5 GPA when applying to the honors program.

What are the curricular requirements?

Students enroll in SOWK 3900 and SOWK 3988 to complete their research, while also completing SOWK 3482 and SOWK 3484 to meet the requirements of their field experience. Visit the program website to learn more about the required courses and thesis options.

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HONORS IN SOCIOLOGY

HONORS IN SOCIOLOGY 

Director: Dr. Elizabeth Stearns

The Sociology 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.

When can I apply? 

Students may apply during their sophomore or junior year.

What are the GPA requirements? 

You must maintain a 3.2 overall GPA and a 3.5 GPA in departmental courses.

What are the curricular requirements?

Students take a total of 12 hours of honors courses, including six (6) hours in university honors courses and six (6) hours specifically in sociology. Of those sociology courses, one must be in your concentration and one must be SOCY 3799, the thesis course. Visit the program website to learn more about the required courses and thesis options.

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UNIVERSITY HONORS PROGRAM

UNIVERSITY HONORS PROGRAM

The University Honors Program (UHP) is designed to support students in the classroom, throughout campus, in the community, and beyond. It is an interdisciplinary, multi-year program that welcomes students from any major. 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. The program seeks to inspire students to be intellectually curious, creative problem solvers, and envoys of diverse and inclusive thinking in and outside of the classroom. Students develop as scholar-citizens during their time at UNC Charlotte and are prepared to act as change-agents in their communities. 

When can I apply? 

Students may apply as a high school senior or during their freshman year.

What are the GPA requirements? 

You must maintain a 3.0 overall GPA and a 3.2 GPA in honors coursework. 

What are the curricular requirements? 

Students are required to take at least 16 hours of honors courses within the University Honors Program, but further requirements may vary depending on whether students complete their senior honors capstone with the University Honors Program or with a departmental or college honors program. Visit the program website to learn more about the required courses and thesis options. 

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