Departmental Honors

Departmental Honors offers students the opportunity to undertake in-depth, challenging work in their fields of study. The program emphasizes student-led, individualized curricula and encourages the formation of working relationships between students and faculty.

Departmental Honors is open to any UNH student with a qualifying GPA. Students in the University Honors Program must complete either Honors in Major or Interdisciplinary Honors in order to graduate with an Honors distinction, but it is not necessary to be a member of the UHP to pursue Departmental Honors .

Most students begin Departmental Honors  in the Junior year. In general, courses eligible for Departmental Honors designation are numbered 600 and above.

  • Departmental Honors typically includes at least 16 credits of Honors work in upper-level major classes
  • Students must complete a thesis project that earns at least 4 credits, typically (but not always) as part of the 16 credits 
  • Specific requirements vary by department; please check out each department's Departmental Honors website for details

How to do it:

  1. Register as a Departmental Honors student on the Honors website
  2. Review the specific requirements for your major
  3. Make an appointment to meet your major's Honors Liaison
  4. Begin designating courses, following departmental guidelines
  5. Identify a thesis advisor
  6. [Optional] Undertake research through a Hamel Center program and/or grant
  7. Register for an Honors thesis course, usually in Senior year
  8. Arrange a public presentation of your thesis (e.g. at the Undergraduate Research Conference)
  9. Complete certification paperwork before graduating
  10. Upload your completed thesis to the Scholars’ Repository