Feb 27, 2024  
Undergraduate Catalog | 2023-2024 
Undergraduate Catalog | 2023-2024

University Honors Program, Honors College

The University Honors Program (UHP) in the Honors College offers a unique, interdisciplinary undergraduate experience. The program centers around honors coursework, community engagement, and leadership opportunities. In addition to academic and professional development, UHP offers a supportive community of students and faculty who mutually invest to help members develop to their fullest potential as scholar citizens. Students are encouraged to participate in varied enrichment activities, internships, research, and study abroad programs with the goal of broadening perspectives.

The UHP curriculum requires successful completion of HONR 1700 , CTCM 2530  (honors sections only), 12 credit hours of honors electives, and completion of an honors senior capstone project.  An Advanced Entry option is available for students coming in with substantial early college or transfer credit.  Students in UHP also may join one or more disciplinary honors programs during their time at UNC Charlotte.  The Honors College website maintains a current listing of all honors programs available at UNC Charlotte.  Credit for certain honors courses in disciplinary honors programs may count toward UHP requirements. During the senior year, UHP students complete a senior capstone project through UHP or through their disciplinary honors program.

Admission Requirements

Students who may apply to UHP include entering freshmen, transfer and continuing students in any major who: expect to be at UNC Charlotte for at least two years to complete their degree program, have a strong record of academic success, and feel they are a good fit with the UHP mission.  Continuing students must have a GPA of 3.4 to apply.  All members of UHP must maintain a 3.0 overall GPA, a 3.2 GPA in honors courses, and meet extra-curricular expectations each semester.

Course Requirements

To graduate with University Honors Program distinction noted on the transcript, students must satisfy the following course requirements:

Required Courses

Required Elective Courses

Select 12 credit hours of HONR courses and/or honors sections of fundamental themes general education courses.  At least 6 credit hours of honors elective courses should be at the 3000 level or higher. Students accepted as Advanced Entry may be exempted from 6 credit hours of lower division honors coursework if they enter with 60+ credit hours, and may be exempted from 3 credit hours of lower division honors coursework if they enter with 30-59 credit hours.

Other Requirements

  • Complete the Application to Candidacy process for graduating with honors, as directed by the Honors College
  • Maintain a minimum overall GPA of 3.0, and a 3.2 GPA in honors coursework
  • Maintain good standing through required activities participation in UHP

Dual Honors

Students may graduate with dual honors by completing all departmental/college honors program requirements, in addition to UHP requirements.  In this case, the departmental/college capstone thesis/project experience will satisfy the UHP capstone requirement, exempting the student from HONR 3790  and HONR 3791 .

Students in departmental/college honors programs may count one 3000 or 4000-level honors course toward their honors electives.

Study Abroad

Students studying abroad may request up to 3 credit hours as an honors elective course through the UHP Canvas page.


UHP students are encouraged to live in the Honors College residence, Levine Hall, which provides an environment especially conducive to community-building, academic study and cooperative learning. The Honors College office suite is conveniently located in Levine Hall.

The Dubois Center

The Honors College offers some honors classes, faculty/staff office hours, an honors student lounge (5th floor), and several honors activities each semester at The Dubois Center campus in uptown Charlotte. UHP students are particularly encouraged to make use of honors spaces at The Dubois Center, easily accessible via light rail.

Student Association

Students in the University Honors Program are members of the University Honors Program Student Association. The student-led organization organizes social events, special discussions, student mentoring, and community service projects. All UHP students are required to attend meetings and participate in two community service projects each semester in order to remain in good standing.

Merit Scholars Programs

The Albert Engineering Leadership Scholars Program, Freeman Scholars, Johnson Scholars, and the Martin Scholars Program are housed in the Honors College; Albert Scholars are members of the UHP; Freeman, Johnson, and Martin Scholars must be members of any honors program.