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Program Requirements

To complete the Honors Program, students must fulfill requirements in the following areas:


To earn the Honors designation when they graduate, students must maintain an overall 3.2+ GPA and earn the minimum number of Honors credit hours for their degree level.

Regardless of degree level, however, students are encouraged to enroll in as many Honors courses as they feel comfortable taking.

Associate Degree Requirements

Students who plan to graduate from the University of North Georgia (UNG) with an associate degree must complete at least 12 Honors credit hours (the equivalent of six courses) in Areas A-F of the core curriculum.

Completion of Honors credits, along with one academic presentation at an undergraduate research conference, will be recognized on the student’s transcripts by the designation “Honors Program Scholar.”

Bachelor's Degree Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 24 Honors credits, six or more of which must be upper-division credits. At least three of these upper-division credits will be an Honors Thesis or Capstone project (approved by the Honors Program Director) related to the student's major.

Completion of the above Honors credits, along with fulfillment of other criteria for good standing, such as meeting attendance, service hours, and a student leadership position) will be recognized on the student’s transcripts by the designation “Honors Program Graduate.”

Learn more about the Honors Thesis.

Community and Institutional Service

Community Service

Part of being an Honors student is learning to be a responsible, community-conscious adult. One way the Honors Program encourages its members to develop is by getting them involved in community service.

As part of their community service activities, Honors students can:

  • tutor local public school students
  • host blood drives (in conjunction with LifeSouth)
  • make frequent visits to the local animal shelter
  • sponsor a Relay For Life team
  • help the local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity
  • serve the elderly and impoverished through Action, Inc.
  • assist with academic and spelling competitions held on campus

Institutional Service

In addition to working in the surrounding community, Honors students have opportunities to serve their campus community by volunteering.

As part of their institutional service activities, honors students can:

  • help with student activities
  • plan and host academic conferences
  • represent the Honors Program at UNG Open Houses
  • speak with students at NSO
  • assist new students with registration
  • manage various tasks that are crucial to running the Honors Program itself

To foster the development of the whole person, the Honors Program asks students to hold a leadership position for at least one semester while earning their degree.

There are numerous leadership roles in the Honors Program itself, including Student President, Treasurer, Secretary, Service Coordinator, etc. Honors students can hold a prominent office in SGA or play a comparably important role in a Student Life club such as Enactus or Habitat for Humanity.

Honors students should consult with campus director to determine the best arrangement to fulfill this criteria.

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