The Honors in the Major (HIM) Program is designed to encourage  juniors and seniors to undertake original and independent work in their major field. In this program, students research, write, defend and publish an original Honors thesis that serves as a honors capstone product of their undergraduate career. This thesis is published through the university library and is available to researchers worldwide through electronic databases.

What Does It Take?

Honors in the Major is deep independent research or creative work! Students who have a desire to be creative, are curious and committed, and want to be mentored by a faculty member should consider the program. Modeled after the Master's thesis, HIM helps to prepare students who are interested in pursuing graduate school or professional schools. Students must participate in the program for at least two semesters for a total of six credit hours.

Program Support 

The HIM program is structured in a way that allows students to explore a research topic or creative project, draft a proposal of their work, and then edit and finalize that work. We help students by providing program deadlines, support groups, and various workshops. Students can review major program milestones with our HIM Student Checklist

Program Benefits

  • Earn Honors in the Major Distinction on diploma and transcript
  • Be a part of the Burnett Honors College
  • Earn upper level research credit (xxx4903H & xxx4970H)
  • Eligibility for Honors in the Major scholarships as well as all Honors scholarships
  • Reduced-cost poster printing
  • & more!

Eligibility Requirements

At a minimum, the following criteria must be met for admission into the Honors in the Major program*:

  • Sixty (60) completed hours of college credit
  • Twelve (12) completed upper division hours of college credit
  • At least a 3.2 UCF or Overall GPA**
  • At least two semesters remaining prior to graduation

* In some cases, departments or colleges have additional requirements for students who are pursuing the HIM program. These majors include PsychologyNursing and English.

** Biomedical Sciences and Nursing require a 3.4 Overall GPA