Melinda Jones, Ph.D., Director
105 Honors Hall, (901) 678-2690
The Helen Hardin Honors Program provides exceptional educational opportunities for
highly motivated and talented students. The Program enables students (regardless of
major) to take advantage of the more intimate learning environment offered by small
classes. Honors faculty members promote active learning and provide excellent teaching,
including individualized support and attention.
The Program offers special curricular options and the opportunity to earn honors distinction.
In most cases, participation in the Program does not increase the number of credit
hours required for graduation. Classes within the Program span the entire range of
The Honors Program encourages and supports opportunities that are designed to enhance
the educational experience of its members. The Honors Program also coordinates special
academic, social, and cultural events for honors students in which they can become
part of a community of friends and fellow scholars outside the classroom.
The Helen Hardin Honors Program Office is located in Honors Hall on Patterson Street.
There is a conference room, quiet study areas, a lounge area, and computer rooms
for the use of honors students. The Director and Program staff may be reached at 901-678-2690.
Admission and Retention Standards and Procedures
National Merit Finalists and recipients of the Cecil C. Humphreys Presidential Scholarship,
the Provost's Scholarship, and the Dean's Scholarship Incoming are automatically admissible
to the Program upon receipt of their applications. Other incoming freshmen who score
a minimum of 27 on the ACT, or its equivalent on other tests, and have a 3.5 high
school GPA are invited to apply to the Honors Program. Transfer students or students
currently enrolled at the University of Memphis are also eligible for the Honors Program
if they have earned an overall grade point average of 3.00 for freshmen and sophomores
and 3.25 for juniors and seniors. Students who do not qualify in one of these ways
will be considered for provisional admission upon direct application. Letters of recommendation,
though not required, may also be submitted.
To be considered for admission, applicants must be admitted to the University of Memphis
and complete a separate application for admission to the Honors Program. An application
for admission may be obtained from the Honors Office or downloaded from the Honors
Program web site: http://www.memphis.edu/honors.
Honors students are expected to maintain good academic standing to continue in the
Program; normally this is a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in the freshman and sophomore
years, and a minimum of 3.25 cumulative GPA in the junior and senior years. Students
whose GPAs fall below the minimum will be allowed one probationary semester to raise
their GPAs to the expected level. Students in the Honors Program are expected to
take a least one honors course each semester in order to maintain the privilege of
priority registration and to fulfill scholarship service obligations.
The Honors Curriculum and Requirements
The honors curriculum includes honors sections of General Education Program courses
and other courses that fulfill core curriculum requirements. Honors programs offered
by some departments also offer special honors sections of courses required for the
major. Honors sections have the advantage of small class size, specially selected
faculty, teaching that emphasizes student participation, and assignments that encourage
students to think independently.
In addition to honors sections of regularly offered courses, the Honors Program also
offers courses designed specifically for honors students. Courses carrying the UNHP
subject area are interdisciplinary in nature, designed to explore a particular topic
intensively and creatively.
Students also may earn honors credit by designing their own special projects based
on independent study, fieldwork, or an internship experience (see UNHP 4900 course
descriptions), or by contracting for honors credit within the context of a regularly
scheduled course not officially offered as an honors course. Detailed information
about earning honors credit through these approaches is available in the Honors Office.
A minimum grade of “B” (3.0) is required in each honors course for it to count toward
fulfilling the honors course requirement, but regular credit for the course will be
earned if the grade is lower than a “B” (3.0).
Students within the Honors Program may pursue one of two tracks leading to "graduation
with honors": University Honors or University Honors with Thesis.
University Honors: To attain "University Honors," with transcript and diploma notations, students complete
25 semester hours of honors coursework that includes UNHP 1100 (see UNHP course descriptions).
Students must earn a minimum grade of "B" (3.0) in all honors courses and achieve
a 3.25 cumulative grade point average.
University Honors with Thesis: The highest honor an Honors Program student can achieve is "University Honors with
Thesis," which carries transcript and diploma notations. To attain this honors designation,
students must complete a mininum of 25 semester hours of honors coursework that includes
UNHP 1100 and a 3-credit senior honors thesis or project. Student must earn a minimum
grade of "B" (3.0) in all honors courses and achieve a 3.25 cumulative grade point
The UNHP 1100course requirements may be waived for students who are accepted into
the University Honors Program after completing university coursework at the University
of Memphis or another institution, with the expectation that they will substitute
three semester hours of honors courses for this requirement.
Departmental or College Honors Programs: Some academic departments offer honors programs based on work in the major. Academic
areas in the Fogelman College of Business and Economics offer a college-wide program
for students pursuing the Bachelor of Business Administration, and several disciplines
in the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Communication and Fine Arts, and
the Herff College of Engineering offer students the opportunity to earn honors distinction
through special projects and independent study.
Generally speaking, students must have a 3.25 cumulative grade point average to pursue
and receive department or college honors. Students should consult the specific department
or college listing in this Catalog for detailed requirements, or contact the Honors
Program Office for a listing of departments offering honors work in the major.
The Non-Resident Honors Student Award
A limited number of Non-Resident Honors Student Awards are available on a competitive
basis to non-resident students who enroll full-time and who are actively pursuing
an Honors Program designation. This award allows out-of-state students to pay in-state
tuition. Students who receive this award are required to maintain good standing with
the Honors Program, take at least one honors course every semester until they have
earned the baccalaureate degree, and work toward graduation with an honors designation.
Entering freshmen receive primary consideration for this award. Application forms
for admission to the Honors Program and for the Non-Resident Honors Student Award
may be obtained by writing to the Helen Hardin Honors Program, 105 Honors Hall, University
of Memphis, Memphis, TN 38152-6140; by calling 901-678-2690; or by faxing 901-678-5367.
Students may also submit an on-line application for the Non-Resident Honors Student
Award at http://honors.memphis.edu
Special Opportunities for Honors Students
Students in the Honors Program participate in an intellectually vibrant atmosphere
that extends beyond the classroom. Honors students are challenged by enriched honors
courses, interdisciplinary seminars, and conversations with visiting scholars. Students
have opportunities to extend their learning beyond the classroom and into the community
through internships and public service. Students in the program may elect to live
in honors-designated housing, which provides an atmosphere conducive to studying,
but at the same time a place where friendships are easily established. Because of
the special nature of their contribution to the University, honors students enjoy
other privileges as well, including priority registration, extended library borrowing
privileges, an honors computer lab, and special ceremonies that recognize outstanding
Students in the Honors Program are strongly encouraged to participate in undergraduate
research opportunities. The Honors Program administers the Undergraduate Research
Scholar Program that provides students the opportunity to present individual research
at student research forums on campus. The Honors Program sponsors the Works-in-Progress
Symposium (WIPS) held at the University of Memphis each November, which gives all
undergraduates an opportunity to present their research. Students who present at WIPS
are encouraged to apply for acceptance to the National Conference on Undergraduate
Research (NCUR) during the spring semester. Students who attend both WIPS and NCUR,
and present at one other approved research forum can earn the designation "Undergraduate
Research Scholar" on their transcript. Membership in the Honors Program is not required
for this transcript designation.