Honors in Discovery

Students in the University Honors Program take 16 credits of Honors Discovery Courses.

These credits are composed of 1) 8 credits of seminar-style Honors coursework (usually 2 courses); and 2) 8 additional credits of Honors Discovery coursework of your choosing.

8 credits: Honors Seminar Requirement

Honors Students must take 8 credits of seminar-style Honors coursework.

  • Seminars are small, highly-interactive, and research-oriented.
  • Each semester the Honors Program offers 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 your Honors seminar during your first year.
  • Many Honors Seminars have the course number 444 or 440. "444" courses are Inquiry Seminars, intended to examine an issue through open-ended questions and multiple perspectives. "440" courses are often part of Honors Symposia, clusters of courses in which faculty collaborate to help students compare how different disciplines approach a topic.  See our Seminar list here

8 credits: Other Honors Discovery Courses

Honors sections: Honors versions of classes that are also found in the general curriculum, such as First-Year Writing or Intro to Psychology. They usually enroll 24-30 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 "wildcard" option offers increased choice and flexibility for Honors Students. An “Honors-designated course” need not be part of the Discovery program. It may be any course that is offered in person on the normal semester schedule.