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Undergraduate Course Catalog 2008-2009

Special University Programs

University Honors Program


The University of New Hampshire has a tradition of encouraging academic achievement through its 21 honorary societies, including active chapters of Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi. In 1984, the University took another step toward the recognition of outstanding students by establishing an undergraduate Honors Program. The University Honors Committee, made up of representatives from all colleges of the University, the Office of Admissions, the Division of Student and Academic Services, and the Registrar’s Office, supervises the operation and requirements of the program.

There are two ways to enter the University Honors Program:
1. The Office of Admissions identifies a number of qualified incoming freshmen to be admitted to the honors program.
2. Freshmen who demonstrate academic excellence are also invited to join the program.
Participation in the University Honors Program does not add courses to those required to graduate. The first two years of the program focus on general education requirements. Students take a minimum of four honors-designated general education courses, one of which is an honors seminar, an Inquiry 444H, based on a special topic. All students must attain a cumulative grade-point average of 3.20 by the end of their sophomore year in order to continue in the Honors Program.

The upper class part of the Honors Program consists of honors work in the majors. Information describing these programs is available in department and college advising offices, in the University Honors Program office, and on-line at Programs with “Honors in Major” work are animal sciences, anthropology, arts, biochemistry, biology, business administration, chemistry, chemical engineering, civil engineering, classics, communication, communication disorders, computer science, earth sciences, economics, English, electrical and computer engineering, environmental conservation, environmental horticulture, environmental and resource economics, family studies, forestry, French, geography, German, health management and policy, recreation management and policy, history, hospitality management, humanities, kinesiology (exercise specialist option), linguistics, mathematics, mechanical engineering, medical laboratory science, microbiology, music, nursing, nutritional sciences, occupational therapy, outdoor education, philosophy, physics, plant biology, political science, psychology, Russian, social work, sociology, Spanish, theatre, wildlife management, women’s studies, and zoology. Successful completion of University Honors Program requirements entitles the student to receive the designation “University Honors in Major” on his or her academic record and diploma. Completion of “Honors in Major” only is similarly denoted.

To satisfy University Honors Program requirements, students must have a final cumulative grade-point average of 3.20 and meet the grade-point average requirements of their Honors-in-Major program.

Full-tuition and partial-tuition merit-based scholarships are available to a select number of incoming freshmen. Several partial-tuition scholarships are also awarded to upper-class students. For more information, please contact Lisa MacFarlane, director, University Honors Program, Hood House.

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