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Courses & Registration

What are Honors Carolina courses like? 

Honors Carolina courses provide a challenging academic experience. Students are required to do more work — and more difficult work — than in traditional courses. They read more complex materials, wrestle with more intricate problems and reach beyond established understandings to discover new ideas.

Honors Carolina courses are typically small seminar-style classes that emphasize discussion, debate, and interaction between students and the professor. Click here to view Spring 2012 courses.

How do I sign up for an Honors Carolina course?

Honors Carolina students register for Honors Carolina courses online in advance of other eligible students. The early online registration period is followed by a walk-in registration period when all students must register for Honors classes in person at the Honors Carolina office. Special registration instructions for each Honors Carolina course are listed in each semester’s course descriptions and in the Class Notes section on ConnectCarolina. Click here for more information about registering for classes.

Do Honors Carolina students receive priority registration?

Honors Carolina students receive priority registration for up to two Honors Carolina courses each semester. Students do not receive priority registration in other courses. Incoming students are contacted by the Honors Carolina office so they may enroll in Honors courses for the Fall semester.

Opportunities & Experiences

Does Honors Carolina sponsor events and activities outside of the classroom?

Yes. Honors Carolina regularly hosts special events that allows students to meet distinguished Carolina faculty and alumni. These events include:


What type of undergraduate research opportunities are available for Honors Carolina students?

Honors Carolina provides grants and fellowships to support undergraduate research and Senior Thesis Projects. After completing one academic year, Honors Carolina students may apply for Taylor Research Fellowships to work on a faculty-mentored research project during the summer. The program is part of UNC’s Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program

In addition, the Office for Undergraduate Research provides information about countless research opportunities available at Carolina, including courses that introduce research methodologies; research-intensive courses that devote a majority of class time to conducting original research and presenting research conclusions; and courses that use graduate students as “research consultants” to assist undergraduates with research projects

What type of  Study Abroad Programs are available for Honors Carolina students?

With Chapel Hill as a launching pad, Honors Carolina students can take advantage of opportunities to live and study in some of the world′s greatest cities. Honors Carolina runs Honors Study Abroad programs in Cape TownLondonRome, and SingaporeClick here to learn more about Honors Study Abroad opportunities.

In addition, UNC’s Study Abroad Office offers more than 300 additional programs in 70 countries.

Honors Carolina also offers a changing roster of Burch Field Research Seminars in locations around the globe. Recent Burch seminars have focused on archaeology in Peru, climate change in Iceland, public health in Vietnam, oral history in Kenya, and genocide in Rwanda. Merit- and need-based scholarships are available to help students participate in these programs.

Academic Requirements

What do I have to do to remain an Honors Carolina student in good standing?

Honors Carolina students must maintain a 3.0 GPA (cumulative) and complete two Honors courses each academic year to remain in good standing. First year students must also complete an Honors First Year Seminar. Click here to review all Honors Carolina requirements.

Are members of Honors Carolina required to complete a Senior Honors Thesis?

No. However, only students who successfully complete and defend a Senior Honors Thesis graduate with Honors or Highest Honors.

How are Honors Carolina students acknowledged?

Honors Carolina students in good standing receive a special notation on their official transcript noting their successful participation in Honors Carolina.

Joining Honors Carolina

How can I join Honors Carolina?

There are several opportunities for currently enrolled students to get involved in Honors Carolina. Sophomores and transfer students can apply to join Honors Carolina at the beginning of the fall semester. First-year students may apply in January. Learn more about applying to Honors Carolina.

Incoming students are automatically considered for Honors Carolina. Students who are invited to join Honors Carolina typically receive an invitation within two weeks of being admitted to the University. Prospective students can click here for more information about Honors Carolina.

Still Need Answers?

If you didn’t find the answer to your questions, please contact a member of the Honors Carolina team.