Esther G. Maynor Honors College

Participation Requirements

Students who enter the Honors College are asked to complete a certian number of honors courses depending on what honors "track" is followed. These courses all simultaneously fulfill honors college requirements as well as general education requirements at UNCP. Quick Reference Guide

There are two types of honors courses; honors seminars, which are listed with an HON prefix, and discipline-specific honors courses, which are three-credit-hours and carry a -900 (or higher) section number. 
For example:

  • HON 1000 (Contemporary Public Issues)
  • PHI 1000-900 (Introduction to Philosophy)

At the end of the Junior year, honors students begin the senior project course sequence (HON 4000 and HON 4500), which is typically the final honors requirement prior to graduation.

Students who enter the Maynor Honors College as freshmen should begin with a one-year integrated learning community experience, which involves taking honors courses together while also being centrally housed in the honors wing of Oak Hall. Students who enter the college at a later point are also welcome to stay in honors wing of Oak Hall.

Continuation in the Honors College requires a minimum GPA of 3.0 at the end of the freshman year, 3.25 at the end of the sophomore year and 3.5 at the end of the junior year. Any exceptions or substitutions of requirements will be determined by the Dean of the Maynor Honors College in consultation with the University Honors Council.

All honors students are expected to maintain satisfactory progress within the honors college curriculum. Satisfactory progress is defined by regular enrollment in and the successful completion of honors sections. While enrollment in honors sections is not a requirement every term, students should consistently include honors sections in their schedule of classes until the senior project is complete.

Before graduation, please submit an Honors College Graduation Application

Honors Graduation Application Deadlines 

  • March 1: Graduation application deadline for those participating in the December Commencement Ceremony
  • October 1: Graduation application deadline for those participating in the May Commencement Ceremony

 

Curriculum Guidelines

With the above guidelines in mind, students in the Honors College can choose one of three academic tracks for graduation from the College. University Honors is recommended for students entering the Maynor Honors College as a new freshman. Departmental Honors is intended for students who enter the MHC as an existing or transfer student.

1. University Honors

  • Take four HON (honors seminar) courses
  • Take four discipline-specific honors courses of three credit hours
  • Complete the senior project though the appropriate course sequence:

    • HON 4000 (project planning)
    • HON 4500 (project work)

*The Senior Project is fulfilled by the successful completion of HON 4000 and 4500 and can take one of four paths:

1) Community Service Project: This project involves your active participation in a focused project involving service to the community. Students choosing this option should coordinate their project through The Office for Community and Civic Engagement in conjunction with the Dean of the Honors College. The Service Project will be done in collaboration with a UNCP faculty member. During the senior year, the student will also schedule an oral presentation describing the development, implementation, and outcomes of the Community Service Project.

2) Campus Dialogue Project: This option involves active participation in a campus-wide dialogue about a specific issue, usually relative to the student’s major. The student will work with a faculty mentor to research the topic. During the senior year, the student must organize and facilitate (in consultation with the faculty mentor and Honors College Dean) at least two campus dialogues on the topic. These dialogues should involve faculty and students from a variety of disciplines.

3) Creative Project: Students choosing this option will work with a faculty mentor to develop the project. During the senior year, the student will display or perform his or her art and then provide an oral description/interpretation of the work.

4) Senior Thesis Project: The Senior Thesis is a written research project completed under the direction of a faculty mentor. Guidelines are available in the Honors College office or downloaded here. The thesis is completed during the senior year, and should conclude with an oral presentation of the thesis where the results of the student research can be shared with others on campus.

  • Achieve at least a 3.5 GPA.

2. Departmental Honors

  • Take four HON (honors seminar) courses
  • Complete two Honors “Contract” Courses in upper level major courses

*Description of Contract Courses:
Contract courses are traditional courses that are tailored to meet honors requirements by requiring work that is above and beyond the normal expectations of the course. Contract courses must be taught by tenured or tenure-track members of the student’s major department. The student and faculty member teaching the section will agree upon the requirements for completing the contract course, fill out the appropriate paperwork (available online here), and obtain the signature of the department chair. The contract and accompanying syllabus will be turned in to the Dean of the Honors College for final approval.

  • Complete a senior thesis though the appropriate course sequence:

    • HON 4000 (project planning)
    • HON 4500 (project work)

*The Senior Thesis is a written research project completed under the direction of a faculty mentor. Guidelines are available in the Honors College office or downloaded here. The thesis is completed during the senior year, and should conclude with an oral presentation of the thesis where the results of the student research can be shared with others on campus.

  • Achieve at least a 3.5 GPA.

3. University and Departmental Honors

  • Take four HON (honors seminar) courses
  • Take at least four discipline-specific honors courses
  • Complete two Honors “Contract Courses” in upper level major courses
  • Complete an enhanced senior project consisting of a senior thesis PLUS a service, dialogue, or creative project though the appropriate course sequence:

    • HON 4000 (project planning)
    • HON 4500 (project work)
  • Achieve at least a 3.5 GPA overall

Note: It is possible, though not necessary, that the senior thesis and senior project are developed from the same research. Students must consult with the Honors College Dean to coordinate the successful completion of both University and Departmental Honors.