Departmental honors provides an opportunity for students to challenge themselves academically by engaging in advanced individual scholarly activity in their major. It is designated as a 499 class in your major, and you work one-on-one with a faculty supervisor to undertake an honors project appropriate to the field.
This can be done over two or three semesters. The specific content of the project is determined by the student and faculty supervisor. Research studies are appropriate for all disciplines, but the project may consist of other types of scholarly activity appropriate to the academic discipline. In all cases, the result is a six credit senior thesis and an oral defense of the thesis.
Students who successfully complete the honors work and have at least a 3.2 (3.5 required in Film Studies and Nursing) GPA at the time of graduation on all college work attempted will graduate with Honors in their major. (Note: a 3.5 overall GPA is required for the university honors distinction.)
Please take a look at the Departmental Honors Handbook
HON 499- Interdisciplinary Honors Project has just been approved. For information about conducting a departmental honors project outside the major, please click here.
499 Honors Cafe! click here for more info.
Qualifications for Enrollment
Upperclassmen who qualify as candidates for departmental honors must perform outstanding scholarly work appropriate to the academic standards of the student's major in the form of a six-credit departmental honors project. A student who fulfills requirements for departmental honors will be acknowledged as having done so upon graduation.
A student who previously has not participated in the honors program may qualify as a candidate for departmental honors based on the student's grade-point average and earned hours. Students with at least 74 semester hours credit who have a grade point average of 3.20 or better on all college work attempted, who have completed at least 30 semester hours of work with a 3.20 or better grade point average at UNCW, and who are recommended by the major department chair (or director where appropriate) are eligible to enroll in coursework with a 499 designation which indicates the senior project in that discipline. Academic departments may require a higher grade point average for eligibility for Departmental Honors in their discipline. Film Studies and Nursing require 3.50 GPA, and Film Studies (Production) requires a successful "pitch" to the department. Creative Writing requires a 3.75 or good standing in the 4-year Honors curriculum.
Departments in each discipline determine appropriate preparatory academic experiences for Departmental Honors in that field.
Candidates for Departmental Honors may fulfill preparation for senior capstone work beginning in the junior year through one or more of the following:
- Directed Individual Study (DIS) courses which lay the groundwork for more advanced projects
- Departmental or interdisciplinary seminars and/or internships which encourage independent work in a variety of ways such as performance, research, and service
- Study Abroad and/or National Student Exchange
- Honors components of regular department courses: "Honors Contract" courses at the 300 or 400 level in which an honors student and his or her instructor enter into a contract which stipulates enhanced academic responsibilities for the student, such as presentations or papers. Successful performance in such classes would be identified by an "Honors" label on the course as it appears in the student's transcript.
The departmental honors project culminates in independent study under the supervision of a faculty member in the student's major field. This independent study must be completed in two three-credit hour semesters or three two-credit hour semesters. The results of the honors work are summarized in a paper and presented orally before an examining committee.
HON 499- Interdisciplinary Honors Project is available. For information about conducting a departmental honors project outside the major, please click here.
How to Enroll:
Come to the Honors College main office on the second floor of Randall Library after you have secured a tenure track professor who you will be working with on your project.
The first form that you will fill out is the Departmental Honors 1 form (DH1). This form can be filled out and left in the office when you visit. It is a duplicate form and cannot be filled out on the web.
Once your GPA and overall GPA as well as your hours are verified and they meet the requirements for enrollment and you are approved, your Departmental Honors 2 form is then sent to your supervising professor where you and that person will fill in that form and return it the Honors office no less than 5 class days before drop add of the semester in which you are enrolling. After the director of the Honors College signs the form, it is walked to the registrar where you are hand registered for the course.
|Departmental Honors Resources|
|Departmental Honors Handbook (PDF)||Guidelines for students and faculty related to completing the DH project|
|Digital Collection of Honors Project Papers archived in Randall Library||
Searchable PDFs of all Honors Project Papers since 1965
Accessible from Randall Library
|the final form to be filed for the 499 project (to be submitted at the end of the first semester of the project)|
|Withdraw from Departmental Honors||499 Instructors only may prepare this and forward for a student wishing to withdraw from the course.|
|Interested in Departmental Honors? PowerPoint||overview to help students learn more about Departmental Honors|
|Now that you are Enrolled in Departmental Honors PowerPoint||overview to help currently enrolled DH students get started|
|dates and details for students finishing their projects|
|dates and details for students finishing their projects|
|Finishing Your Project PowerPoint||overview for students in the last semester of Departmental Honors|
499 Honors Cafes
These are workshops to help you make the most of your 499 experience!
|Thesis Title Page Template (DOC)||proper formatting for the title page for the paper. If you are doing HON 499 (Interdisciplinary- contact Dr B or Dr H for format)|
|How to Make and Print Your Poster||instructions-- how to make a research poster and have it printed|
|Oral Defense Date and Medallion Ceremony Info Survey (READY FOR Spring 2017)||On-line survey required of each 499 student in the semester of when 499 is completed or they are graduating...This survey is used to generate the medallion booklet info (abstracts, titles) and to get your RSVP number for the medallion ceremony. You also indicate your oral defense date and time.|
|On-line exit survey required of each 499 student in their semester of graduation. In this survey, you upload a PDF of the final version of your paper and can upload your reflection as well. We also ask you about your post-graduation plans and how to keep in touch. This is updated each semester and typically is opened 3 weeks before exams of that semester.|
|Online Availability Form||Please complete this form to indicate how you want people to be able to access your honors paper online- the default is to permanently restrict access to UNCW campus access only. You may opt to have the paper released more broadly. You must print and turn in this form to the Honors office and it requires both student and faculty supervisor signatures. Form is due when you turn in your final paper.|
|Honors Project required reflection GUIDELINES||
Final Reflective Paper: All honors students must turn in the final reflective paper after the project is completed. This is due by the time the bound copies of the final honors paper are turned in to the Honors Office.You can upload it as a PDF via the Honors Exit Survey (see above).
|Are you an UNCW Undergraduate Research Scholar?||
UNCW Undergraduate Research Scholars- info and application
|Are you an Honors Global Citizen ?||We offer the Honors Global Citizen Recognition to honors students who demonstrate active engagement with global issues, foreign language competency, and study abroad.|