Honors in Major

Honors in Major offers students the opportunity to undertake in-depth, challenging work in their fields of study. The program emphasizes student-led, individualized curricula and encourages the formation of working relationships between students and faculty.

Honors in Major is open to any UNH student with a qualifying GPA. Students in the University Honors Program must complete Honors in Major in order to graduate with an Honors distinction, but it is not necessary to be a member of the University Honors Program to pursue Honors in Major.

Most students begin Honors in Major in the Junior year. In general, courses eligible for Honors In Major designation are numbered 600 and above.


  1. Students are required to maintain a 3.50 grade-point average in major coursework.
  2. Students must successfully complete three 600 or 700-level courses along with the companion Honors Seminar (ME 797) for each course. The regular ME course plus the associated Honors Seminar constitutes a complete mechanical engineering honors-course experience. Each semester, a select number 600 or 700-level course will be available as both regular courses and as part of an honors-course experience. For each of these courses, there will also be a related Honors Seminar open only to qualified students. By registering for the Honors Seminar as well as the regular course, an additional credit will be earned beyond those normally awarded. Honors students will attend the regular meetings and fulfill the usual requirements of these courses and also meet an hour more each week (as part of the seminar) for additional instruction and assignments.
  3. Students must successfully complete ME 755H-756H, or TECH 797 as their Senior Design Experience (4 cr.). This requirement will be directed by a faculty adviser and consist of at least four credits. A written report will be submitted upon completion of research.