Small Classes. Big Ideas.
Take On The World
Ready, Set, Go...
The Honors Carolina Community
Prepare For The Future. Starting Now.
Exceed Your Expectations
When Casey Collins first arrived in Chapel Hill, he was certain that he wanted to pursue a career in medicine. He spent his first two years doing exactly what you might expect — acing advanced science courses, conducting research in a stem cell lab and working towards a publication in a scientific magazine.
Working in a lab left him feeling isolated, so Casey started thinking about other ways to explore his passion for science and medicine. After spending a summer in Ecuador researching the impact of a national health care reform, Casey developed a series of new, diverging interests.
During his junior year, Casey spent a semester in Washington, DC studying public policy and working with a non-profit organization serving refugees and immigrants. He honed his research and language skills interviewing children who had entered the United States illegally.
The experience stoked Casey’s interest in law and immigration issues. It led to a local internship at RTI International researching the prevalence of labor trafficking in North Carolina.
Casey, a senior from Charlotte, is now preparing to pursue a law degree when he graduates in May. He’s enthralled by the opportunity to make a tangible and positive impact on the lives of immigrants.
Becoming an immigration attorney is a path Casey never expected when he arrived in Chapel Hill four years ago, but he couldn’t be happier. And he knows that Honors Carolina has prepared him to thrive in the future, no matter what opportunities present themselves.
Casey’s advice: “Trust that things will work out if you follow your passions. Do what you find challenging and exciting and don’t necessarily worry about where it’s going to lead you.”
Casey admits his path was sporadic and non-linear, but following his whims helped him discover his true calling. “It’s been a great experience. I’ll never look back and wish I had taken more risks or done anything differently.”
Browse the more than 200 seminar-style courses offered by Honors Carolina and discover the right course for you:
Spring 2017 Courses
Courses cover nearly every discipline in the College of Arts & Sciences
Spring 2017 First Year Seminars
Programs designed specifically for first year students.
Summer 2017 Courses
Two specially-designed Maymester courses.
Honors Carolina Course Equivalents
Learn about alternative ways to earn Honors Carolina course credit.
Ana Dougherty, 22, came to UNC from Montezuma, New Mexico. She will graduate with highest distinction in May as a double major in Global Studies (concentrations in Latin America, international politics, and social movements) and economics, and a minor in
Five students from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill were selected as recipients of the 2017 Anne L. and S. Epes Robinson Honors Fellowship, which provides funding for students who propose a program of study wholly focused on
Elena N. Polanco, a sophomore at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, has been recognized by the Udall Scholarship Foundation with an Honorable Mention. The Udall Foundation in Tucson,
Six students from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill were selected as recipients of the 2017 Burch Fellowship to pursue unique, and self-defined educational experiences anywhere off UNC-Chapel Hill’s campus. The Burch Fellows Program was established in 1993
The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program named University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill second-year student Scott Emmons and third-year student Sarah Miller as 2017 Goldwater Scholars. This prestigious scholarship provides up to $7,500 per year for
Three students from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill were selected as recipients of the 2017 Carolina Blue Honors Fellowship to pursue unique and self-initiated summer internships built around international sports entrepreneurship. The Carolina Blue Honors Fellowship was
Students who were not invited to join Honors Carolina as incoming students can still apply to join the program.
First Year Students
Apply at the start of the second semester. Deadline: January 19 2018.
Second Year Students
Apply at the start of the second year. Deadline: September 1 2017.
From joining my professor at his home to use his personal printing press to seeing firsthand the landmarks that inspired J.R.R. Tolkein in Oxfordshire, Honors Carolina has brought me unique experiences that have indelibly shaped my UNC experience.
English & Economics Double Major