The Honors program/thesis offers you the opportunity to sharpen your skills of analysis, synthesis, and research. It also provides a means for outstanding students to graduate from the University and the School of Education with honors. This may be particularly attractive and advantageous if you are interested in graduate and/or professional schools. Students find this research and writing experience rewarding and stimulating and particularly beneficial to their future career and professional goals.
In the Honors Program, you will be mentored and supported throughout the process. You will select a thesis mentor/advisor based on shared interests and the availability of the faculty member to advise you during the thesis work. You are expected to work independently at times but meet regularly with your thesis advisor for support. We hope you will consider being part of the Honors Program.
Requirements of the HDFS Honors Program:
You must be majoring in Human Development and Family Studies;
You must have and maintain a minimum overall GPA at UNC of 3.3 to begin, remain in and graduate with Honors;
You must complete EDUC 408 with a grade of “B” or better before you begin taking EDUC 691H;
During the fall semester of your senior year, you must enroll in EDUC 691H, “Honors Seminar in Education,” and you must obtain a grade of “B” or better in this course;
During the spring of your senior year, you must enroll in EDUC 694H, “Honors Thesis in Education.” In this course, you will be expected to write a Senior Honors Thesis and defend it in an oral examination;
Your thesis will be supervised by a thesis Advisor from the faculty in the School of Education;
Only by successfully writing and defending your thesis can you graduate from the University “with honors.”
Participating in the Honors Program is in addition to your specific degree requirements. The TWO Honors Program courses cannot be substituted for courses that are required in your degree program. In some cases this will require taking a course overload or enrolling for an additional semester or summer session.