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    Nov 28, 2023  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Honors College

Main College Office
Sage Hall, Room 320

Mailing address:
1155 Union Circle #310529
Denton, TX 76203-5017
Fax: 940-369-7370

Web site:

Glênisson de Oliveira, Dean

Bethany Blackstone, Associate Dean for the Honors College

James Duban, Associate Dean for Research and National Scholarships

Eric Gruver, Associate Dean for TAMS


The Honors College is dedicated to enriching the undergraduate academic experience for talented, motivated and well-prepared students. Honors College membership is open to all qualified students, whatever their major. Upon joining the Honors College, students find that they are part of an exciting community of talented scholars pursuing academic and intellectual growth. The goal of the Honors College is to help these students build an excellent foundation, via research-based curricula, thereby preparing them to study at the graduate level, establish a career, and meet the demands of responsible citizenship.

The benefits of Honors College membership

Honors classes

Honors faculty and staff work to design, implement and support learning opportunities for students, both in and beyond the classroom. The primary benefit of Honors College membership is the right to enroll in honors classes, which are taught by faculty members with a strong commitment to undergraduate education. Honors classes offer a supportive environment conducive to intellectual growth. The small enrollment of honors classes opens up opportunities for active participation in learning, including projects, presentations and class discussions. In addition, many honors classes can be substituted for non-honors classes in the University Core Curriculum. Honors students also enjoy priority registration each semester.

Undergraduate research

Many honors students elect to participate in undergraduate research. Students may take courses to learn about research, develop their research projects, and write an honors thesis, all under the guidance of a faculty mentor in their major. Honors research courses include HNRS 1500 - Introduction to Research: An Interdisciplinary Perspective ; HNRS 3500 - Honors Thesis Proposal Development ; XXXX 3996 – Honors Mentored Research; and XXXX 4951-Honors College Capstone Thesis. Students have opportunities to present their research at regional and national conferences and may submit their work for publication in the North Texas Journal of Undergraduate Research, or in other scholarly journals.

Special programming and housing

Members are invited to participate in many programs sponsored by the Honors College, including welcome back events, professional development programs, and events sponsored by the Honors College Programming Council and Honors College interest communities. Members are also eligible to live in Rawlins Hall or Honors Hall, depending on their class year. Both Honors residence halls feature a faculty-in-residence.

Honors College membership and participation

Honors College membership is open to students completing their first Bachelor’s degree and is compatible with every undergraduate major and program at UNT. Membership in the Honors College is secondary to membership in the college of the student’s major, and the program’s flexibility allows students to decide each semester on the combination of honors, non-honors and major classes that best suits their needs.

Eligibility for membership

Freshmen, transfer, and continuing students are invited to apply for membership to the Honors College. All applicants submit a personal statement, resume, and appropriate academic records. Applications are reviewed holistically. Interested students can review application deadlines and complete the application at

Programs for participation and recognition in the Honors College

Honors College Scholar Award

The Honors College Scholar Award requires students to complete 18 honors credit hours with a cumulative and Honors GPA of at least 3.25. Students may use two Honors contracts and six hours of study abroad credit to fulfill a portion of the 18 required credit hours. Students who complete the Honors College Scholar Award receive the Honors College medallion.

Advanced Honors College Scholar Award (transfer students only)

Designed specifically for transfer students matriculating to UNT with a substantial number of credit hours, the Advanced Honors College Scholar Award requires these students to complete the following: two Honors courses, HNRS 3500 , and an Honors thesis in any department course numbered 4950/4951. Students may use one Honors contract as well as a study abroadcourse at UNT to satisfy the two Honors courses. The student must maintain a cumulative and Honors GPA of at least 3.25.  Students who complete the Advanced Honors College Scholar Award receive the Honors College medallion.

Distinguished Honors College Scholar Award

The highest recognition available to students through the Honors College is the Distinguished Honors College Scholar Award. For this award, the student must complete the following: 21 honors credits, including HNRS 3500  and an Honors thesis in any department course numbered 4950/4951. Students must also maintain a cumulative and Honors GPA of at least 3.25. Students may use two Honors contracts and six hours of study abroad credit at UNT to satisfy part of their 21-hour requirement.  Students who complete the Distinguished Honors College Scholar Award receive the Honors College medallion.

Honors College Engagement Recognition

This recognition is for students who are particularly active in attending Honors College events and/or campus activities. These students can receive the Honors College Engagement Recognition in addition to an Honors College award. Program requirements are posted at

If you have any questions regarding the Honors College Distinctions or what catalog year you fall under, please contact Honors College Academic Advising.

Honors courses

Specific objectives have been adopted for honors courses, including the following.

  1. Honors courses emphasize development of analytical and evaluative skills through readings from primary sources, journal articles and other supplementary materials.
  2. Honors courses encourage students to engage in high-level thinking and learning through activities such as intensive discussion; writing in small, collaborative learning settings; and research papers and projects.
  3. Honors courses promote independent thinking by making students accountable for important aspects of their learning.
  4. Honors courses place material in a conceptual context that illustrates the importance of that material and its relationship to other knowledge.
  5. Honors courses provide enhanced opportunities for students to develop research skills and produce independent, original research or creative products as part of the course requirements.

Honors courses that meet University Core Curriculum requirements