Undergraduate Research Involvement

Getting Involved


Many undergraduates at UNCW have the chance to present and publish research findings in scholarly venues. To reach this stage, students typically work with faculty who mentor them in formal classes related to independent research and scholarly work.

Formal Classes at UNCW

Departmental Honors (499)

Directed Individual Study (491 or 291)

Introduction to Research & Discovery (HON 191)


Departmental Honors (499): Offered in all departments and required for students to graduate with honors (6 hours over 2-3 semesters) 499 is a scholarly project in the major, directed by a faculty member in the major department, and reviewed by a faculty committee. The student must summarize the research in a formal paper and defend the project to the faculty committee. The Honors College oversees the application for departmental honors and coordinates paperwork between student, faculty, chair, dean and registrar (evaluation of hours and GPA). The Honors Scholars Program offers Departmental Honors preparation workshops each semester and the director acts as a general advisor to help direct students toward possible faculty supervisors if requested.

Directed Individual Study (491): Formal class in all departments (491) available for juniors and seniors to take to develop research, scholarship, and inquiry skills. In Chemistry, there is a 291 course so that freshmen and sophomores may also begin research. The deans oversee the application and registration process.

  • History, Psychology, Biology & Chemistry 291 - Introductory Research: Beginning research opportunities in History, Psychology, Biology or Chemistry. See Undergraduate Course Catalog for more information about prerequisites and instructor consent.

Introduction to Research and Discovery (HON 191)

Course Description: Overview of research procedures in discipline areas, including literature searches and data collection. The scientific process and nature of discovery. Guidance in developing a personal plan for immersion in research and scholarship as an undergraduate. Emphasis is on applied learning and developing basic skills appropriate to the discipline.

HON 191 is a 1-hour credit class especially for first and second year students. It is designed to help you learn about opportunities in undergraduate research and creative scholarship and develop the tools you need to begin your own discovery experience! Typcially no pre-requisites required... just enthusiasm and interest in research and creative scholarship!

You don't have to be enrolled in the Honors College to take HON 191!