Interdisciplinary Honors

Interdisciplinary Honors
Three stuents with professor in lab


Interdisciplinary Honors is part of the Honors Program curriculum completed by students who entered UNH before 2024. For the current Honors College curriculum, visit this page.

Students completing Interdisciplinary Honors choose 3 High-Impact Academic Experiences that extend their education beyond the classroom. These HIEs can be pre-approved, or students can propose their own following the process below. 

  • Goes above and beyond degree requirements 

  • Equivalent in time and effort to at least a 2-credit course (does not need to be credit-bearing) 

  • Overseen by UNH faculty and/or staff who can certify accomplishment 

  • Academic in nature; related to scholarship or research

Student-proposed experiences approved in the past include; 

  • Significant participation in B-Clinic, Rines Angel Fund, etc.  

  • Internships with an academic component overseen by a UNH faculty member 

  • REUs at other institutions 

  • Paid and volunteer work in research labs 

  • Summer programs with UNH Extension 

  • Experiences abroad of less than 8 weeks 

  • Extensive and/or successful participation in competitions such as the Holloway Competition 

The petition for pre-approval of a High Impact Academic Experience can be found on the Honors College's Canvas Page under the "Interdisciplinary Honors" module. 

Because the Interdisciplinary Honors track is designed individually by each student and some HIEs can extend over several semesters, there is no one-size-fits-all timeline. However, this makes it even more important to have a workable plan.  

Freshman Year 

  • Meet with Honors advisers to familiarize yourself with the program. 

  • Opportunities like studying abroad, REAP, or Semester in the City should be on everyone's radar! 

Sophomore Year  

  • Fill out the Honors Track Registration Form as soon as they know which track they are pursuing. 

  • Submit a tentative plan through the Honors Canvas page. 

Junior Year 

  • Update your IH plan if there have been changes.  

  • Submit approval forms for any HIEs you are interested in that are not on the pre-approved experiences list. 

  • NOTE: By the end of this year, at least one High-Impact Academic Experience should be underway and your IH plan should be finalized, including approval for any HIAEs that are not pre-approved. 

Senior Year 

  • Check in with Honors College about your progress.  

  • Submit your HIE Completion Forms and your Interdisciplinary Reflection as you wrap up each experience. 



"I’m glad that Interdisciplinary Honors was an option for me because it gave me the structure to do the experiences I already wanted to do. Being active in research is very important in STEM fields such as physics, and it was a priority for me to get involved in research in some form."