The mission of the UHP is to encourage and enable outstanding NC State students to engage in the knowledge-building and creative activities of the NC State faculty. The HON seminars are a key element in this mission.

The HON seminars are designed to motivate students to become knowledge-creators within their own discipline; to develop habits of mind that will serve them well as knowledge-creators; and to understand what it means to create new knowledge in fields with which they may not be familiar.

Regardless of the course topic, students are expected to understand both the history and consequences (ethical dilemmas, social and political changes, etc…) of discoveries, inventions, new art forms, new ideas, and books, for example, as each has impacted the focal point of the course.

The HON seminars stimulate an undergraduate culture of research by providing a holistic “mind-on” research experience within a cross-disciplinary context as a way to prepare UHP students for the “hands-on” research or creative project they will conduct later within their disciplines. Students will learn that the rewards of discovery, inquiry, and creativity do not come easily and that these forms of learning often impact societies in unexpected ways.

HON seminars also promote critical thinking, reading, and problem solving and to employ methods that instill the integration and appreciation of knowledge across disciplines. The small class size provides an ideal setting for constructive argumentation, analysis, synthesis, and pointed conclusions.

All UHP students are required to take 12 credit hours of HON seminars and receive a grade of B- or better in each course. Students may also satisfy up to 3 credit hours of the 12-credit total with an HON seminar substitute. These courses have been vetted by the UHP staff and have been shown to support and extend the educational goals of the program. A list of pre-approved HON substitutes is linked on the right toolbar, or students may petition their UHP advisor regarding a particular course or experience. Please note that receiving credit for an HON substitute requires filling out additional documentation with the UHP.