Through the Honors Program, the University and School of Nursing recognize undergraduates who have demonstrated exceptional academic ability and independent work in their major. Qualified and interested senior students are paired with a faculty advisor who guides the student in an independent study honors project. Links to faculty projects and areas of interest for Honors advising are provided at http://www.unc.edu/depts/our. The Honors Program is supervised by the Director of the Undergraduate Program.
Honors Program Guidelines
- Students must have earned a 3.2 cumulative university grade-point average (GPA) to participate in the Honors program. The cumulative GPA is based on all courses applying to the nursing degree.
- Students must also have earned a GPA of 3.4 in all required upper division nursing courses.
- If a student’s School of Nursing GPA falls below a 3.4 after beginning the Honors Program, the student will have to drop Honors for graduation, but may complete the course and receive course credit. Under extenuating situations, students may request special consideration.
- Grade point averages are not rounded up. Eligibility is verified by the School of Nursing Registrar.
- The student and honors advisor must complete a written contract to be on file with the Director of Undergraduate Programs.
- Students will register for Nurs 691H and Nurs 692H, Honors Study in Nursing, typically during the final year of study. Honors courses carry three (3) semester hours of credit each semester and are assigned a letter grade each semester by the advisor.
- A student’s project must show evidence of independent, creative, abstract, analytical and critical thinking.
- Honors advisors who feel a student’s work is of a quality to be considered for Highest Honors must make this recommendation to the Director of Undergraduate Programs. A faculty panel will review papers anonymously using the criteria above and the decision is final.
For more information, please see the UNC School of Nursing Honors Program page.