Disciplinary Honors Requirements

Disciplinary Honors Basics for Students

Disciplinary Honors is its own unique track within the Honors College that allows sophomores and above to join the Honors College and explore your major in depth. Admission to Disciplinary Honors requires a minimum cumulative UNCG GPA of 3.30 to 3.50, depending on your major. Click here to apply to the Disciplinary Honors Program.

In Disciplinary Honors you’ll work one-on-one with professors in your major, study topics in depth, and do original, sophisticated research, scholarly work, or creative projects that will help prepare you to enter graduate or professional school or embark on a career. The requirements for the Disciplinary Honors Program vary by major, but require few, if any, additional classes. Students are responsible for verifying their department's individual departmental requirements via the UNCG Undergraduate Bulletin or in consultation with your Honors Liaison or the Honors College's Disciplinary Honors Adviser.

The Disciplinary Honors requirements by department are available HERE.

Each academic department at UNCG has a faculty member who serves as Honors Liaison who is knowledgeable about his or her department’s Disciplinary Honors program. You are encouraged to get to know the Liaison in your department, especially by the time you are a junior and fully in your major.

Enhancing Classes in Your Major

The majority of a student’s work within Disciplinary Honors typically is encompassed by enhancing courses already required by your specific major through an Honors Contract. Generally, these enhancements take the form of an additional paper, an additional presentation, an expansion of course assignments, additional meetings with the professor teaching the course, or some combination of these enhancements. Some majors also offer special Honors sections of courses or require specific courses within the major for Disciplinary Honors.

The Senior Honors Project

The Senior Honors Project is the culmination of a student’s Disciplinary Honors experience. The Senior Honors Project can take a variety of forms: a paper, a performance, a scientific experiment, a product. Whatever its form, the Project must have a written component, it should employ scholarship, and it should make a significant contribution to a body of knowledge.

Topics, methods of investigation, and modes of presentation vary from discipline to discipline. Typically, students announce a problem that they wish to solve, survey background information to define and explain the problem, and present evidence and reasoning in support of a thesis or hypothesis. The student's work culminates in an original essay, an annotated creative work or performance, a scientific experiment or report, or a product.

The length of a Senior Honors Project depends on the topic and discipline. A Project in the humanities could be a paper of 30 to 50 pages, whereas the written part of a Project in the sciences or performing arts could be considerably shorter. The Project can focus on any topic of the student's choosing. Senior Honors Projects must be supervised and approved by a UNCG faculty member from a department in which the subject under consideration is taught. Students should speak to their Honors Liaison well in advance of beginning the Senior Honors Project.

Examples of Senior Honors Projects

Some past Senior Honors Projects may be found in NCDOCKS. Previous students have said that reading through examples of previous years' projects helped them immensely. We would be happy to talk with you about your Senior Honors Project.

Benefits of Disciplinary Honors

Disciplinary Honors students are full members of the Honors College and are eligible for all the same opportunities and benefits as International Honors students, including:

  • Priority registration
  • Honors housing
  • Eligibility for Honors College scholarships
  • Access to all Honors College courses
  • Honors advising
  • Access to Honors College programming, including the Annual Undergraduate Honors Symposium, Monday Play!, Food for Thought, and more
  • Cords for graduation, and recognition at our annual Honors Banquet
  • Honors designation on your transcript, and, for Disciplinary Honors students, the title of your Senior Honors Project on your transcript

Graduating with Honors

Graduation with Disciplinary Honors

Students who have completed all requirements for Disciplinary Honors by graduation will be recognized at the annual Spring Honors banquet or Fall Cording Ceremony and will have the Disciplinary Honors designation, along with the title of their Senior Honors Project, added to their official transcripts. Graduating Honors students will be assessed a $30 graduation fee.

Graduation with Full University Honors

Students who complete both the Disciplinary Honors Program and the International Honors Program are awarded Full University Honors for their sustained Honors work throughout their time as undergraduate students.

UNCG in 3

Students newly admitted to UNCG who are in the UNCG in 3 Program are strongly encouraged to apply to Disciplinary Honors after you have completed one semester at UNCG rather than International Honors. Why? Most UNCG in 3 students come to UNCG with a significant amount of their general education courses completed, either through AP or IB credit, dual enrollment, early or middle college courses, or some other option. The Honors courses you are required to take in the International Honors program would therefore constitute an addition 13 credit hours of coursework outside of your major.

However, if you choose to pursue Disciplinary Honors, you will take Honors courses in your major. The majority of these courses are courses you need to take for your degree anyway, so you are not adding substantial additional credit hours. The application process for Disciplinary Honors is slightly different from the International Honors process: you can apply after at least one semester at UNCG, and after you have 30-40 credit hours of college credit (including the credits you bring with you to UNCG). At the time of application, you will need a minimum cumulative UNCG GPA of 3.30 to 3.50, depending on your major. Overall, the Disciplinary Honors program is the best option for students who are looking to complete their degree in 3 years or less. It is flexible (you choose your honors courses!), adaptable, and helps you to build meaningful relationships with faculty mentors who will be immensely helpful to you after graduation, whatever you decide to pursue.