Honors Courses & Example Syllabi

Honors Inquiry Seminars

One Honors Inquiry Seminar is required to graduate with University Honors. These courses have the course number 444 and are sometimes referred to as 444 courses; only Honors versions of these courses count toward the requirement. They are small, intensively discussion-based courses designed to provide multiple perspectives on complex issues. They are capped at 20 students.

Honors Symposia

One Honors Symposium is required for students entering in or after Fall 2016 These are "supercourses" with linked sections that each address a theme from a different disciplinary perspective. The sections meet together regularly for group experiences. Each course section is capped at 20 students.

Honors sections

These are often Honors versions of classes that are also found in the general curriculum, such as First-Year Writing or Intro to Psychology. They usually enroll 20 students.

Honors labs/lectures/recitations

Some science courses offer one or more parts of the course as Honors. For example, a biology student may attend a general lecture but have a lab section that is restricted to Honors students.

Honors-designated courses

Only one Honors-designated course may be used toward the Honors Discovery requirement. Students may make an agreement with their professor to complete Honors-level work within a general course. This is a "wildcard" option that allows students to meet an Honors requirement with a course outside of the Discovery Honors curriculum. The course need not be part of the Discovery program. It may be any course that is offered in person on the normal semester schedule. Online courses and accelerated courses (such as summer and J-term courses) are not eligible for designation.

Example Syllabi

Please peruse these syllabi created by our outstanding Honors Faculty.

The following Honors courses may not be offered every semester and a course syllabus may change over time. But these examples should provide students with a very good sense of the materials, learning objectives, and assignments to expect when taking a University Honors Program course.

Current students: if you're looking for a specific syllabus, send an email to honors.program@unh.edu and we will try to locate it for you. 


Social Sciences

Natural and Applied Sciences