FAQ for Faculty

An Honors Designation means that a student will pursue Honors-level work within a general-level course. This doesn't necessarily mean they will read or write more pages; instead, the student should be engaging with the course material in greater depth and with more sophistication. This might mean using primary texts instead of secondary texts, presenting material to the class, etc. For the best outcomes, students and professors should discuss what projects and expectations will best suit the students' academic path. Faculty may always use their discretion when deciding whether or not to sponsor an Honors Designation. Please see this page for more information about the designation process: http://www.unh.edu/honors-program/designating-course-honors
Designating a course as Honors creates a separate section in the eyes of the registration system. This means that the student is dropped from the non-Honors course.

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We always welcome new Honors courses. If you would like to teach one, you should begin by consulting with your department chair. If he or she approves, contact the Honors Program with your proposal.

For the most part, Honors courses are part of the Discovery Program, and require approval by the Discovery Committee. They usually have lower caps than general-level courses (usually 20-30 students). They hold students to higher expectation than ordinary courses, and should be conducted in a highly participatory way (e.g. discussions rather than lectures). For more information about forms of Honors Discovery courses, see this page: http://www.unh.edu/honors-program/honors-discovery

Honors courses may also be created at the upper level to serve Honors in Major students. This is relatively rare, as few majors have enough Honors students to fill a section. However, it may be feasible in cases where a single course serves multiple majors (such as GEN 604H, Principles of Genetics), or for general skills and topics (such as research methods or thesis prep).

We offer a limited number of course-development stipends each year for development of an Honors Symposium.

For information, see the Request for Proposals: https://www.unh.edu/honors-program/request-proposals-honors-symposium-development

Honors Liaisons have primary responsibility for the Honors curriculum in their major.
The University Honors Program offers oversight and assistance.

Honors Liaisons recruit students for Honors in Major, offer guidance about curriculum, ensure that program information is available and up to date, certify Honors Designations, and certify completion of the program for graduating students.

There are two ways to participate in Honors.
The first is to be a member of the University Honors Program, which is invitation-only. To see how students are invited, visit: https://www.unh.edu/honors-program/admissions . In general students need to become members in the Freshman year.

The second way to participate is Honors in Major, which students generally begin in the Junior year. The requirements and processes to join vary by major. Students should contact their major's Honors Liaison to discuss joining Honors in Major.

See a list of liaisons and requirements here: http://www.unh.edu/honors-program/requirements-contacts