Nov 30, 2022  
Undergraduate Catalog | 2021-2022 
Undergraduate Catalog | 2021-2022 Previous Edition

Communication Studies, Honors Program

The B.A. in Communication Studies with Communication Studies Honors is the highest distinction the Department of Communication Studies offers.  Earning this accolade from the Honors College attests to a candidate’s exemplary grade point average in their major, completion of honors coursework, and successful defense of a distinguished undergraduate honors thesis. Graduating with Honors in Communication Studies prepares students for graduate school and is a wonderful addition to a student’s resume.

The Honors Program in the Department of Communication Studies aims to identify, encourage, nurture, and recognize students with exceptional analytical, creative, and communicative skills potential.  The program stresses guided but self-directed independent study, and each Honors Student will be evaluated by a faculty committee based upon uniquely developed criteria for each Honors Student.

Admission Requirements

Petition for admission to the Honors Program may be initiated by the student or by a full-time faculty member of the Department of Communication Studies on behalf of the student. Students must have at minimum a 3.3 or above overall GPA and a 3.3 or above GPA in all Communication Studies and Journalism courses. They must have completed at least 30 credit hours at UNC Charlotte but not more than 90 credit hours at the time participation in the Honors Program will begin. Admission to the Communication Studies Honors Program is determined through a three step process: completion and submission of the Honors Program application form, review of the application by the Honors Director and Department Honors Committee, and approval for admission by that Committee.

Course Requirements

One three credit hour course chosen by the student from the Honors College (not including experiential or project-based courses).

Certification Requirements

To graduate with honors, students must:

  • Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3
  • Earn a minimum GPA of 3.3 in Communication Studies and Journalism courses
  • Complete an honors thesis and present the results of the project in an appropriate forum
  • Complete the Application to Candidacy process for graduating with honors, as directed by the Honors College

The honors notation will appear on a student’s official transcript.