Nurture your passion for learning with in-depth coursework in UND’s Honors Program.
Cultivate your intellectual curiosity and develop your own ideas. As an Honors student
at UND, you'll join a vibrant community that shares your love for learning.
Certificates/Programs - Undergraduate
Est. time to complete:
24+ (The Honors Program aligns with any major.)
Why pursue the honors program?
After you're admitted to UND, apply to the Honors Program by the May 1 application
deadline. Priority deadline is December 1.
Designed for especially motivated students in any major, UND's interdisciplinary Honors
Program combines advanced coursework with opportunities to get involved beyond the
As an Honors student, you'll choose between two tracks:
The Research Scholarstrack focuses on traditional liberal arts and encourages deep critical thinking about
issues that interest you. This track is a good choice if you're planning to apply
to top medical, graduate or law schools.
The Leaders in Actiontrack emphasizes service learning, leadership development, experiential learning and
civic engagement for students who are interested in politics, public service and entrepreneurship.
Whichever track you choose, you'll study topics across the disciplines, conduct high-level
research and graduate as an engaged citizen of the world.
Honors at UND
Collaborate with professors on cutting-edge research.
Complete a high-level Senior Honors Thesis.
Get involved in the community through Civic Engagement projects.
Reading and discussion of selected works that reflect the methodology of the humanities, with emphasis on Diversity of Human Experience, as a means to establish fundamental skills for responsible research in any field, including: critical and creative thinking, deep reading, scholarly inquiry, and diversity of perspective on various social issues through an intercultural approach. Taken by first-year students in the Honors Program. Prerequisite: Admittance to the Honors Progam. F,S.
HON 102. The Leadership Experience. 3 Credits.
This course will feature readings and discussion of selected works that reflect the methodology of the social sciences, with emphasis on intercultural understanding, as a means to learn about diverse models of leadership and its connection to the Honors experience, and to cultivate skills for becoming thoughtful leaders within a pluralistic, democratic society. First-year students in the Honors Program interested in leadership can take this course and will critically examine themes like power, effective action, communication, human differences and behavior, public service, and the common good through methods, sources, and paradigms central to the social sciences. Prerequisite: Admittance to the Honors Progam. F,S.
HON 260. Honors Experiences. 1-4 Credits.
This flexible course allows Honors students to pursue specially arranged high-impact individual reflective experiences, like service-learning projects, community engagements and volunteering, internships, shadowing opportunities, peer mentoring, or tutoring for Honors credit. May be initiated by students with approval of Honors Director, provided appropriate supervisors are willing and structure for oversight is in place. Generally, credits will be determined by the number of hours devoted to the experience and reflection on it; for example, 1 credit = 15 contact hours, 2 credits = 30 contact hours, etc. Prerequisite: Admittance to Honors Program, and HON 101 or HON 102. Repeatable to 9.00 credits. F,S,SS.
HON 381. Worldviews through the Humanities. 3-4 Credits.
This course is designed to give Honors students unique, timely, and focused studies of cultural, social, and identity-based differences in the worldviews of selected populations through learning the relevant histories, artistic achievements, literature, and/or philosophies. Specific themes of the course may vary and include a domestic or international study experience within the semester to bring issues in the course to life. When travel is required outside of the usual class meeting times, the course may be taken for 4 credits. Repeatable. F, even years.
HON 382. Worldviews through the Social Sciences. 3-4 Credits.
This course is designed to give Honors students unique, timely, and focused studies of cultural, social, and identity-based differences in the worldviews of selected populations through learning the relevant sociological, psychological, anthropological, economic, geographical, and/or political scientific theories, methods, or texts. Specific themes of the course may vary and include a domestic or international study experience within the semester to bring issues in the course to life. When travel is required outside of the usual class meeting times, the course may be taken for 4 credits. Repeatable. S, odd years.
HON 489. Senior Project: Honors Research. 1-8 Credits.
Supervised independent study culminating in a thesis, white paper, literary work, art exhibition, musical or theatrical performance, portfolio, translation, or other focused demonstration of four years' worth of research or creative work and learning. Prerequisite: Consent of the Department and ENGL 130. Repeatable to 9.00 credits. F,S,SS.
Live and learn with others in the Honors Program. Be part of vibrant intellectual,
cultural and social life on campus.