Curriculum

Honors College Certificate

The Honors College Certificate is awarded to Honors College students who do not earn a major, minor, or distinction in the Honors College, but who gain substantive Honors experience by completing a program of Honors course work.

 Requirements

All candidates for the Honors College Certificate must be admitted to the Honors College and maintain at least a 3.20 cumulative GPA.

 Successful candidates for the Certificate must complete 15 credit hours of Honors College (HNRS/UHON) or other approved courses, including:

  • 3 credit hours in HNRS 1000-level.
  • 3 credit hours minimum in HNRS 2000-level.
  • 3 credit hours minimum in UHON 300- or 400-level.
  • 6 additional credit hours in UHON any level or in approved honors courses in other departments

 At least 9 credit hours must be completed in HNRS or UHON courses. Up to 6 credit hours in approved courses offered by other units may be used to satisfy designation requirements.

UNM Honors Scholar Distinction

 The UNM Honors Scholar Distinction is intended to provide students with a flexible, high-level Honors experience, utilizing courses taught at the Honors College (HNRS, UHON) and departmental honors course offerings.

 Requirements:

All candidates for the UNM Honors Scholar Distinction must be admitted to the Honors College and maintain at least a 3.20 cumulative GPA. Students must successfully complete 27 credit hours, including at least 15 credit hours in HNRS/UHON courses and up to 12 credit hours in departmental honors courses or from other courses approved by Honors College, distributed as follows:

  • HNRS 1120 Honors Legacy Seminar (3 credit hours)
  • One 2000-level HNRS/200-level UHON course (3 credit hours)
  • One 300-level UHON course (3 credit hours)
  • One 400-level UHON course (3 credit hours)
  • One additional HNRS/UHON course (3 credit hours)

Four additional HNRS/UHON or departmental honors courses, including thesis and other capstone courses (12 credit hours) or other approved courses.

Minor in Honors Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts

The Honors Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts Minor is awarded to high-achieving students who wish to broaden their interdisciplinary Honors experience while obtaining a bachelor’s degree in their chosen discipline. Students who complete the Minor will produce work that integrates ideas and methods from different disciplines, and will analyze and evaluate foundational and primary works, gain knowledge of diverse cultures, acquire civic knowledge, and apply ethical reasoning.

 Requirements:

Maintenance of a 3.2 cumulative GPA

  • The successful completion of 24 credit hours in Honors courses:
  • A minimum of 3 credit hours in HNRS 1000-level
  • A minimum of 3 credit hours in HNRS 2000-level
  • A minimum of 3 credit hours in UHON 300-level
  • A minimum of 3 credit hours in UHON 400-level
  • A minimum of 6 credit hours in UHON 300 or 400-level
  • 6 credit hours in any UHON level

 At least 15 credit hours must be completed in HNRS or UHON courses. Up to 9 credit hours in approved courses offered by other units may be used to satisfy designation requirements if they are not also counting toward other major or minor requirements.

Bachelor of Arts in Honors Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts


The Bachelor of Arts in Honors Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts (HILA) is awarded to high-achieving students who complete the Major in the Honors College. This baccalaureate degree program provides the opportunity for students to develop a broad-based and flexible interdisciplinary liberal arts education similar to that offered by many small liberal arts colleges. The BA in Honors Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts provides a foundation in social and behavioral studies, physical and natural sciences, humanities, communications, mathematics, and fine arts, and allows students to focus on a specific area of interdisciplinary study.

Students will conduct research and produce original work that integrates ideas and methods from different disciplines and will learn to adapt to new environments and developing technologies. Graduates will be expected to gain intercultural knowledge and competence and develop personal and social responsibility, including civic knowledge and engagement both locally and globally.

All students who wish to complete the BA in Honors Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts must complete an application including a proposed course of study. At the time of application students must have completed or have in-progress at least 45 credit hours, 12 of which are in Honors. Due to the individualized attention that each BA student will receive, the Honors College can only accept a small number of students for the major each year. For consideration, download the application here and the course of study form here.

Interested students must apply for the HILA major.  Please complete the Bachelor of Arts in Honors Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts (HILA) Application (Deadline: October 15 for spring admission, March 15 for fall admission).

Students accepted as majors in Honors Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts must maintain a GPA of at least 3.5 and complete: 

  1. Minor or second major in a field of study that complements or supports the capstone project
  2. 18 credit hours in courses numbered 300 or higher containing significant coursework involving skills as defined by Honors College program student learning outcomes: Interdisciplinarity, research, community engagement, critical thinking, communication skills, creative thinking;
  3. 6 hours in an Honors integrative block or equivalent;
  4. 36 credit hours in UHON or HNRS courses, including:
  • 3 credit hours at each of the 1000- (or 100-), 2000- (or 200-), 300-, or 400-levels
  • 12-18 elective credit hours, at least 12 of which are at the 300-level or higher  
  • 6 credit hours may include integrative block if taken as UHON or HNRS
  • 6 hours of coursework in one interdisciplinary capstone:  

    Thesis/project: UHON 490 and UHON 491, or  
    Senior teaching: UHON 492 and UHON 493, or  
    Service learning: UHON 495 and UHON 496;
  1. At least 120 total credit hours;
  2. At least 12 credit hours of a single non-English language or provide evidence of equivalent proficiency.
  3. All General Education curriculum requirements, some of which may be completed through UHON courses. Refer to the Undergraduate Program section of this Catalog for information on courses that meet General Education curriculum and U.S. and Global Diversity and Inclusion requirements.
  4. For more information about the major and how to assemble a program of study, visit the Honors College Web site or speak with an advisor in the Honors College.

Honors College Senior Teaching Handbook

Honors College Service Learning Handbook

Honors Senior Thesis Archive

Breaking Gender Norms Through Fashion: Lessons From Georgia O'Keeffe (2018)

Rana Chan

Naming the Nameless: An Exploration of Queer Poetry and Empowerment (2018)
Jesse Yelvington

Whose Future? New Models for American Higher Education
Aline Noel Webb

Decay: An Experiment in Mycoremediation
Rowan Willow Roberts

Approaching the Promethean Idea
Samuel Shoemaker-Trejo

The Honors College encourages students who can to participate in international opportunities and to gain an international perspective. To this end, the college awards students who complete one of the three Honors College options and who complete both an international program and either a minimum of 2 years of language or equivalent coursework with an international focus.

International Distinction Requirements:

  • International Educational Experience Abroad - 6 Credit Hours

And either:

  • Proven Proficiency in a Foreign Language OR 12-credit hour coursework in a Foreign Language
    Or
  • International Topics Courses - 12 Credit Hours

International Distinction Awards and Recognition:

  • Honors Award with Distinction in International Studies
  • Honors Cord