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Department Honors Program

The Department Honors Program is designed to provide students with an opportunity to complete a senior thesis/project in addition to taking upper division Honors seminars. This program is particularly suitable for transfer students, as well as for continuing UNLV students who have completed the bulk of their general education courses. Furthermore, University Honors Program students can choose to complete the Department Honors Program and graduate with two honors distinctions.

Department Honors students must take four HON 400H seminars. Each of the four Honors seminars can be used to satisfy general education core requirements in social sciences and humanities. In addition to the four seminars, students must also complete a six-credit honors thesis/project their senior year (HON 498H and HON 499H. Students will need to have completed at least two of their HON 400H seminars prior to enrolling into HON 498H or 499H.

Students may replace HON 498H with an equivalent 400-level, three-credit course from the department sponsoring the Honors thesis/project. This substitution is allowed as long as the department course meets the requirements of HON 498H, which is intended to provide three credits for the research phase of the thesis project. Thus, if a student chooses to substitute a course for HON 498H, HON 498H requirements are still required and the work completed in the substitute course must form the foundation for HON 499H, the second half of the Honors thesis/project.

Consult the Departmental Honors Handbook for information on application requirements and procedures.

Department Honors Program Learning Objectives

The primary goal of the Department Honors program is to provide students with the opportunity to complete a major research project or creative work (Honors Thesis) under the supervision of excellent faculty in their major. This program is open to both University Honors students and other qualified and highly motivated undergraduate students who have completed their general education requirements outside of the Honors College. In addition to the thesis, students will also complete a set of challenging interdisciplinary seminars with a special emphasis on written and oral communication.

Learning Objectives

After completing the upper division Honors seminars as part of the Department Honors Program, students will be able to:

  • Analyze a broad range of information in order to determine which source is most credible, what evidence is used to make it credible and how it compares with other information
  • Synthesize information from a variety of sources and disciplines in order to find common themes and/or contradictions
  • Articulate clearly (orally and in writing) an understanding of issues, theories, events and ideas
  • Apply these analysis, synthesis and articulation skills in small creative and/or research processes (research papers, critical essays, etc.)

After completing the Honors Thesis (in collaboration with faculty advisors), students will be able to:

  • Formulate a plan of action for engaging in an intensive research experience: crafting a research question, conducting a literature review, developing a hypothesis, determining the appropriate methodology to best address the research question
  • Conduct research to determine whether the hypothesis is supported or not by analyzing data (quantitative or qualitative)
  • Interpret the meaning and applicability of results
  • Produce an original creative work or thesis that demonstrate all the learning outcomes