A Brief Introduction to the Honors Program

Hello and welcome to the UNH Honors Program Blog! For those of you entering the university as an honors student in the fall, congratulations! Being accepted to the program is a great accomplishment and I hope you will find the experience of being in it rewarding academically, professionally and socially. Once the fall semester rolls around, this blog will really get started with entries from other honors students on their experiences (you could even be included!).  For now, as one of the editors of the blog, I’m going to go over the Honors Program briefly so that those of you starting next year as incoming honors freshmen or sophomores will have an idea what to expect.

First of all, there are a variety of benefits of being in the Honors Program, both tangible and intangible.

  • Honors students receive priority registration and may register for honors courses. These courses include special honors sections of regular courses, as well as team-taught interdisciplinary courses on special topics of interest.
  • A variety of co-curricular events are held that complement the academic component of the Honors Program. Past events have included movie nights, contests and various trips, among others. In addition, the Honors Student Council plans additional events available to all students, and all students are free to join and help plan those events.
  • All honors students entering the program Fall 2011 and beyond will receive a $1000 scholarship annually as long as they remain in good standing. Additionally, rising juniors and rising seniors in the Honors Program with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 may apply for the prestigious John Hatfield Scholar Award. Six of these awards are given every year and it includes an additional $2000 scholarship as well as a medal awarded at commencement.
  • Incoming freshmen honors students are eligible to live in the Honors Living-Learning Community (LLC) located in the Campbell Houses.
  • Students who graduate after completing all the requirements of the Honors Program (listed below) will receive the designation of “Honors Scholar” included on their transcript and noted during commencement.

The requirements to remain in good standing with the honors program, as well as graduate with honors, are as follows.

  • Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.3 (B+) or higher to remain in the program.
  • Each semester, an honors student must either take an honors course or attend at least two honors co-curricular events. This does not apply to seniors working on their honors thesis.
  • To graduate with honors, a student must complete and pass at least four honors courses. It is suggested that students take a mix of honors section courses and team-taught special topic courses; this is not required however.
  • In their senior year, a student must complete and present an honors thesis. This is a significant and rigorous scholarly project that relates to your major.

More information on the honors program can be found on the UNH website at http://newhaven.edu/academics/10873/, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/University-of-New-Haven-Honors-Program/58800242215, by emailing honors@newhaven.edu or leaving a comment below. Once again, congratulations on getting accepted, you will be in for a great experience!

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