Honors in Major

Honors in Major (Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems) requires that a student complete the following:

  • Maintain an overall 3.5 GPA in courses completed at UNH and a 3.4 GPA in all courses required for the SAFS major.
  • Complete 16 credits of SAFS major requirements (Core Courses, Program Electives, or Self-Designed Emphasis Courses) with Honors. Many courses required for the SAFS major can be designated as Honors courses, with the consent of the course instructor. In order to justify the Honors designation, the instructor will likely implement additional assignments such as extra reading or writing assignments, laboratory or field experiences, or classroom presentations. In order to receive credit for an honors designation, the student must achieve at least a B- grade.
  • At least 5 (but not more than 8) credits of the 16 Honors credits required must be as Honors Thesis (SAFS 799). Thesis work must encompass two consecutive semesters of 1-4 credits each semester, and the student should expect to spend 2-3 hours per week for each hour of course credit.  Students will receive a grade for the course.  The student (through their own initiative) must identify a faculty mentor to supervise their thesis work.  Students are urged to visit faculty websites to discover which faculty research interests align with their own.  Students should then make an appointment with the faculty member to discuss possible projects and expectations for conducting thesis work with them.
  • In order to add an honors designation to a course, students must obtain permission from the instructor and complete the Honors Designation Form in the Time and Room Schedule and return the form to the Registrar's Office during the first three weeks of the semester.

In order to enroll in SAFS 799, a permission slip must be obtained from the student's advisor.