The UNH Honors Program provides motivated students who have shown high levels of scholastic achievement the opportunity to enhance their academic experience.
The Honors Program offers both team-taught courses, featuring two faculty members from differing departments, and single-instructor courses. Team-taught courses focus on multidisciplinary approaches to learning and study linkages between disciplines. Examples of past courses include “Contexts and Images: African-Americans in Literature and Film", “Book Design and Production”, and “Twilight of the Gods: The Music and Lyrics of the Beatles.” These classes are small in size to encourage allowing lively class discussions and innovative approaches to teaching. Honors students, for example, have edited and marketed a literary journal, role-played political debates in Ancient Athens, toured and analyzed cultural institutions in Connecticut, and used iPads to reinvigorate the traditional Chemistry lecture and lab courses.
In their senior year, students research and write an Honors thesis on a topic in their major discipline under the guidance of a faculty member. The results of the research are presented orally to members of the student's major department, fellow Honors students, and to members of the Faculty Honors Committee. Honors students have gone on to present their research at national conferences and used their work as a springboard to successful careers and to the pursuit of graduate degrees. The Honors Program offers funding to help support honors thesis projects.
The Honors Program also sponsors various co-curricular events throughout the academic year, and all Honors students are encouraged to attend these whenever possible. The wide-range of activities each semester gives students the opportunity to socialize with one another, broaden their cultural interests, and encounter new ideas. Examples of past events include attending Shakespeare in the Park, visiting NYC museums such as the MET, volunteering at a Buddhist horse farm, and a lecture series featuring musicians, photographers, and music critics involved in the 1970s punk rock scene.
Honors students enjoy a variety of other privileges. First-year honors students are eligible to live in the Honors Living Learning Community, while every honors student receives a $1,000 annual scholarship, and may participate in the student-run Honors Student Council, which meets regularly to coordinate additional Honors events both on and off campus.