Honors in Major
The Occupational Therapy (OT) Honors-in-Major program is designed to foster advanced intellectual development of students through seminars, classes and research activities. Participants in the program report that it has enhanced their independent thinking and communication skills, and enabled them to extend their learning beyond what is offered in their regular classes.
Elgibility and Course Requirements
Eligibility: Students with a minimum of 3.6 GPA in their first two years are eligible for honors-in-the-major coursework. Students must consult with their OT faculty advisors about their plan for completion of honors-in-the major.
Requirements: A total of 16 honors course credits must be completed to receive “honors in major” designation. These credits must be completed by the end of the student’s senior year (year 4 of the BS/MS program). Student must complete 12 credits of OT honors course work. Three courses are required of all honors students:
- OT 685 Psychosocial Dysfunction, honors designation
- OT 785 Research Methods and Application to Practice, honors designation
- OT 791 Honors Thesis; Students are required to complete a research project as part of OT 791H which meets the departmental requirements of an honors thesis.
The fourth course may be selected from occupational therapy courses with honors designation. These courses are OT 501 Adult Development, OT 610 Occupation, Identity, and Disability and OT 741 Human Occupation. The faculty responsible for these courses should be approached to ensure that an honors section is being offered or that a student can designate the course as an honors course. It is recommended that students take OT 610 Occupation, Identity, and Disability.
Students who are planning to study abroad and complete "honors-in-the-major" will need to complete their study abroad in the spring of the sophomore year or as a summer or J-term experience. The required course, OT 785, Research Melthods, is only offered to students in the spring semester of the junior year.
The suggested sequence of honors courses is as follows:
- Freshman/Sophomore Year: UNH University honors program courses. Note that any 500 level honors course taken for this requirement cannot be used to fulfill both an honors general education and an honors-in-major course requirement.
- Junior Year: Fall semester, OT 685 and spring semester, OT 610H and OT785H
- Senior Year: OT 791H, fall semester
**Students completing the UNH Honors Program must complete 4 Honors courses including a 444 Inquiry course, in addition to meeting Honors in the Major requirements.