Research and Creative Honors Program

The Research and Creative Honors Program (RH) is designed to provide high-achieving students with an opportunity to complete a senior thesis/project while also 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. University Honors students may choose to complete RH and graduate with two honors distinctions.

All RH students must complete the following six classes:

Course Credits
HON 498 Honors Thesis/Project I 1-3 cr.
HON 499 Honors Thesis/Project II 3 cr.
Four HON 400-level seminars 12 cr.

RH students complete a thesis/project while enrolled in HON 498 and 499 (two sequential 3-credit courses) over the course of two semesters. The thesis/project is supervised and graded by a committee consisting of three faculty members: (1) a faculty advisor in the student’s major department, (2) an Honors College faculty member, and (3) another UNLV faculty member.

For more information on eligibility, application requirements and procedures, please visit the RH Program webpage.

For information regarding accreditation at UNLV, please head over to Academic Program Accreditations.


Research and Creative Honors Program Learning Objectives

The primary goal of the Research and Creative 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 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


Program Information