Honors College Curriculum


Honors college graduates will successfully complete at least 22 hours of honors credit

  • May include a maximum of 12 hours of contract courses and graduate courses combined.
  • Must include the senior project: HON 4000 (one credit hour) and 4500 (three credit-hours).

Types of Honors College Credit

Honors Seminars: Courses unique to the honors curriculum that offer students an enriched learning experience. Listed with an HON prefix (for example HON 1000-900: Contemporary Public Issues), they are specialized honors experiences which also fulfill general education requirements.

Discipline-Specific Honors Courses: Designated honors sections of courses that are offered university-wide and fulfill general education requirements. Courses carry a -900 (or higher) section number (for example PHI 1000-900: Introduction to Philosophy).

For a list of our offerings for the Fall 2023 semester, click here!

Contract Courses: Traditional university courses that are tailored to meet honors requirements by requiring work that is above and beyond the normal expectations of the course. Contract courses are typically upper-level courses in a student’s major or minor department and require an “honors contract” to be developed, describing the honors component which will be added to the course. To learn more about contract courses and to submit a proposal, click here.

Senior Project Courses: The senior project course sequence, HON 4000 (one credit hour) and HON 4500 (three credit hours), is typically the final honors requirement prior to graduation. Students plan and complete the project over the course of two terms with the support of a faculty mentor and the Honors College senior project coordinator.

Course Equivalencies: Any equivalencies or substitutions for honors credit will be determined by the dean of the Maynor Honors College and require the completion and approval of an Honors Course Equivalency Proposal. 

  • Graduate School Courses: Courses taken through the UNCP Graduate School's Undergraduate Privilege Program. Student must have completed 75 hours of undergraduate course work (24 at UNCP) to be eligible. Please see the above link for more information.
  • Study Abroad Courses: Study abroad courses may be equivalent to HON 3000: Cultures in Contact.
  • Honors Transfer Credit: Transfer students who have completed honors coursework at an accredited institution of higher education may apply for equivalency. 

Satisfactory Progress Toward Graduation

Students must successfully complete a minimum of one honors course every academic year until 18 hours of honors credit are earned. Requests for a waiver of this requirement can be made in writing to the Dean of the Honors College. In addition, students are required to meet GPA requirements at the end of each year of membership in the Honors College as noted below. Honors students can expect yearly status reports from the honors college, but it is ultimately the responsibility of the student to ensure that honors academic requirements are maintained.

  • End of First Year: 3.0
  • End of Second Year: 3.25
  • End of Third Year and Above: 3.4
  • At Graduation: 3.4

Honors Probationary Status

Students who fail to make satisfactory progress at the end of any academic year will enter a one-year probationary period. During this one-year period, students will retain honors status and all associated benefits. Students who meet both the GPA and curricular requirement at the end of the probationary year will remain members of the honors college. Please note that students on honors probation must bring their GPA to the required level for their current academic year; honors GPA requirements advance regularly from the first to the third year. Students who do not meet the GPA and/or curricular requirement at the end of the probationary year will no longer be members of the honors college and all benefits will be forfeited, including undistributed honors scholarships. The loss of honors scholarships is irrevocable, but re-instatement to the honors college is possible once honors academic standing is regained.