The College of Arts
112 Foust Building
Mission of the University Honors Program is to enrich the intellectual
life of able and highly motivated undergraduate students, to create
a community of students and faculty who love learning, and to celebrate
the outstanding achievements of students.
The Honors Program is the program of choice for students who have
the talent and determination to take full advantage of their time
at UNCG. Through special courses and research projects, a variety
of extra-curricular activities, and the camaraderie of top students
and faculty, the Honors Program provides students with opportunities
and challenges that enhance their education at UNCG. Along the way,
the Honors Program staff stands ready to provide guidance, support,
and encouragement to help students craft a program of study that
meets their individual needs and interests and opens up new possibilities
for the future.
Teachers of Honors courses, who are among the best teachers
at UNCG, are deeply engaged with their disciplines and dedicated
to helping students achieve their greatest potential. Their Honors
courses are small (20-22 students); foster discussion, collaboration
and mutual discovery among students and faculty; and typically fulfill
a variety of University and departmental requirements. Among the
many offerings are:
Seminars in which students explore topics in greater breadth and/or
depth than in typical courses while fulfilling General Education
sections of regular UNCG courses which allow students to explore
other topics or continue to do Honors work in their major;
Tutorials and Honors Independent Study through which students either
individually or in small groups work with a professor on a topic
of mutual interest;
Honors Project in which a student under the guidance of a professor
produces a research project;
courses that allow students to modify a regular undergraduate course
and receive Honors credit for the course.
of the advanced Honors courses, such as the Senior Honors Project, allow
students to do original and sophisticated work, and are an excellent
preparation for graduate school, professional training, and other post-graduation
The Honors Program sponsors a number of extracurricular events,
many of which are developed and managed with the help of its students.
Among these events are weekly coffees, where students and faculty get
together to discuss various issues, the annual Raft Debate, the annual
Student Symposium, lectures and special performances, field trips, pizza
parties, and community service projects.
The Honors Program staff offers top-rate advising to help students
discover the best ways to take advantage of the Honors Program and UNCG,
and to make sure that students have the needed support and encouragement
along the way to completing their degrees. Guidance, support, and encouragement
are also provided for students interested in opportunities beyond graduation
including graduate school and a variety of prestigious postgraduate
fellowships such as the Fullbright, Rhodes, Marshall, Goldwater, Mellon,
Truman and Udall. Students are invited to a variety of lunches and dinners
throughout the year for less formal advising and discussion about their
studies at UNCG and their plans for the future.
The Honors Program administers awards that recognize high achievement.
At an Honors Convocation every spring, the Program bestows the Student
Excellence Award, the University's highest undergraduate honor, on about
25 outstanding juniors and seniors. The Program also hosts an annual
banquet to honor those students who have completed Honors Program requirements.
In collaboration with UNCG's Office of International Programs,
the Honors Program provides interested Honors students (through an Honors
enrichment course, HSS 310) with the chance to have more than the usual
study abroad experience. Students meet together with a UNCG faculty
member before going abroad to discuss readings about their trip and
the character of the country that are about to visit. Once abroad, students
and the UNCG faculty member spend approximately a week exploring and
taking in cultural activities before classes begin. During their semester,
students take classes, travel, and engage in a variety of writing assignments
that allow them to reflect on their experience.