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Honors Program Curriculum

Honors Program Courses

HNRS 1000 - Introduction to Honors Academic Inquiry (2 credit hours)
This course serves to introduce students to the community of scholars and the Honors perspective. To these ends, the course takes an interdisciplinary approach to a selected topic, emphasizing scholarship as a foundation for leadership and service.
HNRS 3000 - Honors Research Methods (3 credit hours)
This course is designed to introduce students to research methods from a cross-disciplinary perspective.
HNRS 3200 - Honors Special Topics (3-4 credit hours)

Students can earn 3-4 hours of credit for completion of one section of the course (depending on the section’s topic, it could include a lab). The course is repeatable for up to 8 hours of credit.

Note: This course is not offered every semester. Please consult the UNG course schedule for information about course availability.

THS 3999 - Thesis Writing and Defense (1 - 3 credit hours)
Students can enroll in this course as an independent study for credit associated with thesis writing and thesis defense preparation.

Honors Program Course/Section Options

Stand-Alone Honors Sections

Each year, the Honors Program offers sections of core courses exclusively for Honors students.

The purpose of these sections is to cultivate at least a few experiences for Honors Program students of learning in a differentiated environment, geared specifically for high performing students.

These classes typically enroll only 12-18 students so that intensive discussion is possible, along with a growing professional relationship between student and instructor.

These sections will be indicated with either an “H” in the course number (e.g., ENGL 1102H Honors English Composition II) or with the word “Honors” in the course title, (e.g., ENGL 2122 Honors British Literature II).

Embedded Honors Sections

Alternatively, some Honors offerings are scheduled in Banner with their own section number, even though they are combined with (or embedded in) a regular section of the course.

An embedded Honors section is often set at "0" seats so that the Honors Director can control the enrollment by manually enrolling Honors Students in the section.

Embedded sections are held in the same place and time as the regular section with which they are combined.

This enables the instructor to teach the two sections together, while differentiating for the Honors Program students "on the side."

Upgraded Courses (or "Honors Conversions")

In addition to earning Honors credit through completion of a stand-alone or embedded Honors section, an Honors Program student may earn Honors credit by completing "conversion" of a regular course section.For example, a student might request to "upgrade" an upper-level mathematics course for Honors credit.

In order to do this, the student should approach the instructor and ask if he/she is willing to help design and execute the conversion.

Ideally, if the instructor is willing, the student and instructor will meet to discuss and brainstorm the best ways to enhance the course assignments in order to fulfill Honors Program Student Learning Outcomes, in conjunction with the established course outcomes

Once the student and instructor agree upon a plan, the student and instructor should complete and submit the Honors Conversion Form. The instructor will need to communicate with the Honors Director at the end of the semester to indicate whether or not the student has fulfilled the conversion contract.

Contact Your Honors Director

Dahlonega Campus

Dr. Steve Smith

Gainesville Campus

Jennifer Graff

Oconee Campus

Dr. Katherine Kipp

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