University Honors (32 credits)

  • 4 Honors Discovery courses (16 credits), including one Honors Inquiry Seminar. These courses also fulfill University Discovery requirements.
  • Honors-in-Major coursework (including thesis), according to department’s specific guidelines (minimum of 16 credits)

Honors-in-Major only (16 credits)

  • Minimum of 16 credits of Honors-in-Major coursework (including thesis), according to each department’s specific guidelines.

There is no set requirement, but we strongly encourage you to take two or even more each semester.  Students who take more than one usually do better in all their courses, and report greater satisfaction with their college experience.  But at a minimum:  Honors Program students must successfully complete four honors general education/discovery category courses (including an Inquiry 444H seminar) and an additional four or more honors courses (including the senior honors thesis) prior to graduation. Honors courses foster the skills of inquiry, analysis, and writing, and encourage students to explore subject matter in greater depth and detail.

The 444H seminar is a small, discussion-based course, centered on a special topic, designed to be interactive and research-oriented. The faculty are drawn from amongst the finest teachers in the university. The course size, which is capped at twenty first and second-year students from across the five colleges, allows for a lively forum in which to express your views and develop new interests. Seminar students develop close relationships with each other, and with the faculty teaching them.

Each semester we offer a new group of seminars in which timely special topics cover a wide range of disciplines.  When you see one that interests you—take it!  It may not come around again.

In order to develop a strong sense of UNH as a community of learners, we strongly encourage you to take the honors seminar in your first year.

Honors Symposia are a new model of Honors course, debuting in 2015. Each Honors Symposium is made up of four or five small seminars, united by a common theme: global health or racial justice, for instance. Each contributing seminar approaches the theme from a different angle, using the tools of a particular discipline. Several times during the semester, the seminars join together for a plenary session, in which the large group of students shares in a common academic experience. The Symposia combine the intimate, participatory format of the small seminar with a larger intellectual community in which varied perspectives are shared.

No, since most Honors courses fulfill general education/discovery category requirements.

You must achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.40 in order to graduate with a University Honors designation.

Individual Honors-in-Major programs may set their own minimum cumulative GPA's. Please see departmental information.

Yes, we encourage students to study abroad! We offer a special honors exchange with University College at Utrecht in the Netherlands.  And of course, you can study anywhere in the world through either a UNH program or one of our many partnerships. UNH's Center for International Education.

In addition to having access to wonderful small classes in every college, students in the Honors Program enjoy social events, cultural opportunities, speakers, films and advising sessions sponsored by the Program and by the Student Advisory Board. Special Honors Study Abroad opportunities ensure that students can fulfill both Honors general education/discovery category requirements and, occasionally, major requirements.  Honors students know their faculty better, and can work more closely with them over a longer period of time.  And Honors students are recruited for post-baccalaureate opportunities: international fellowships like Fulbrights, Marshalls and Rhodes; graduate programs in medicine, law, and the arts and sciences; and employment in a full range of competitive areas.

Honors students are given priority placement in Hubbard Hall, but may choose to live anywhere on campus. Hubbard includes both Honors students and others who have chosen "Making the Grade" as their housing theme. It is a friendly, social dorm that also respects the need for quiet and study time. Students who live in Hubbard as freshmen often choose to stay for another year or more.

A new option for freshmen entering in 2015 is the Alexander Hall Residential Learning Community. Forty Honors students will live together in this dorm and also enroll in an Honors Inquiry Seminar offered by the Classics department, "Individual and Society in the Ancient World." 

Honors Program membership does not in itself carry a scholarship. However, most incoming Honors students receive merit aid from UNH. The Presidential and Deans Scholarship are not contingent upon participation in the program, but the Governors Success Scholarship and Hamel Scholarship require that recipients participate in the University Honors Program. The Honors Program also administers several endowed scholarships, for which enrolled students may apply.