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Global Studies, Honors Program

The Honors Program in Global Studies provides select International Studies majors with the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the field.  Upon successful completion of the program will graduate with an honors notation on their official transcript. Students admitted to the program will conduct intensive research on a topic relevant to Global Studies and their concentration within the major, produce a thesis paper that demonstrates a high level of academic rigor and creative thinking, and present and defend it to a committee of Global Studies faculty for final evaluation.

All program-level Admissions and Progression Requirements are in addition to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte Admission Requirements .

Admission Requirements

Current UNC Charlotte Undergraduate Students

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International Studies majors are eligible to apply for departmental honors if they meet the following requirements:

  • Minimum 3.5 GPA in International Studies courses

  • Minimum overall GPA of 3.25

  • Completed the International Experience requirement

Admission to the Honors Program is by permission of the Department of Global Studies.  Eligible students should submit a letter of intent and one-page research proposal to the Director of Undergraduate Studies by Week 6 of the semester in which they are taking the Senior Seminar.  The Director of Undergraduate Studies will review applications and determine admission to the Honors Program.

Course Requirements

In order to graduate with departmental honors, students must:

  • Complete the course requirements for the International Studies major
  • Complete INTL 4601  by producing a detailed research proposal and literature review; this will serve as a prerequisite for advancement to INTL 4701  
  • Complete INTL 4701  by writing an original research/thesis paper focused on their major concentration and successfully defending the thesis before a three-person Honors Committee of Global Studies faculty

The Honors project should produce a final paper of at least 20-25 pages and address a well-defined problem or research question with the goal of developing greater understanding of a theoretical or practical global issue.

Students must formally apply for Honors Candidacy through the Honors College by Reading Day the semester prior to graduation.

Progression Requirements

In order to graduate with Honors in Global Studies, students must:

  • Maintain a minimum GPA of 3.5 in the International Studies major
  • Maintain a minimum GPA of 3.25 overall
  • Achieve a grade of A in INTL 4601   
  • Pass the thesis defense and achieve a grade of A in INTL 4701