What We Do in Honors

Honors College - Student Perspective from The University of New Mexico.

  • The Honors College at the University of New Mexico offers students opportunities to excel in an engaged, student-centered environment. The Honors College offers small seminar-style classes, an interdisciplinary liberal arts education, priority registration, undergraduate research and study abroad opportunities, peer mentoring, and designated honors housing. Honors classes are limited to 18 students to foster an intimate classroom community.
  • In honors, it’s easy to get to really know your teacher and other students, and to feel that your presence is important.
  • Our grading system, A, CR, NC, is designed to give students the ability to take risks and try new, difficult things without putting their GPA at risk.
  • Our courses are constantly evolving to better meet the needs of students in a rapidly changing world. Honors has a long-standing study abroad program, Conexiones, in which students can study the language, culture, and history of Spain or Ecuador.
  • Scribendi is an award-winning publication housed in honors in which students can take a year-long course to create a national honors literature and arts magazine.
  • Honors students are given access to priority registration, something usually reserved for upperclassmen, as well as extended library privileges.
  • Further, students have access to the honors creative flex lab, where they can print large scale creative works or conference posters free of charge.
  • Our faculty are committed to providing meaningful student opportunities in and out of the classroom. There are ample opportunities for students to extend their learning beyond the classroom experience by working one-on-one with a faculty member through an independent study, conducting undergraduate research with faculty through an Honors Research Institute (HRI) grant, or majoring in our Honors Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts (HILA) program where students can select from one of three tracks: thesis/creative project, service learning, or student teaching. The Honors College fosters opportunities for students to conduct original research which is often presented at professional conferences or published.