Honors In Major
Honors in Major for the HDFS Department offers students the opportunity to undertake an in-depth study of issues related to the health and well-being of individuals and families. The program emphasizes student-led, individualized curricula and encourages the formation of working relationships between students and faculty.
Honor in Major can be pursued without participating in the University Honors Program or completing Discovery Honors requirements. To learn more University Honors, visit the University Honor Program website . Students, however, must still complete all HDFS requirements for their concentration.
Student’s interested in pursuing Honor in Major need to schedule a meeting with the Honor’s Program Liaison, Dr. Kimberly Nesbitt. While applications must be submitted before the end of Spring semester of the Junior year, students are encouraged to apply early to allow maximum flexibility in completing program requirements.
GPA Requirements for Honors in Major
Honors in Major for HDFS is open all undergraduates in all department concentrations; however, students are required to maintain an overall grade-point average of 3.40 and a 3.40 grade-point average in the major.
Honors in Major Courses
Students must successfully complete sixteen (16) credits of honors in HDFS at the 600 level or above. Of those sixteen credits, only one course may be chosen from the 600 level, while three must be chosen from the 700 level. The 700-level coursework must include 4 credits (across two semesters) of HDFS 799 – Honors Senior Thesis. HDFS honors courses require independent work, readings, and meetings with the course instructor not required of other students enrolled in the course.
Students must successfully complete four credits of HDFS 799 – Honors Senior Thesis. HDFS 799 is a two-credit course that is taken pass/fail over both semesters of the student’s senior year. As part of the thesis process, honors candidates must present a proposal to their faculty advisors that includes active student participation in original research. Once their research is completed, honors students must present their findings at a seminar (typically the UNH Undergraduate Research Conference ) and submit a written thesis to their faculty advisor.
Learn more about Honors in Major:
- Honors in Major Guidelines and Thesis Requirements
- Honors in Major Application
- Honors in Major Course Designation Form
- Departmental Research Interest
For more information, contact Dr. Kimberly Nesbitt, Honors Program Liaison, at 603-862-2159 or via e-mail.