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Honors in English

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Students are encouraged to participate in the Departmental Honors Program in English. Eligibility requirements are a 3.2 cumulative GPA based on at least 75 hours of college credit (including a minimum of 9 hours in English courses numbered 200 and above), a 3.5 GPA in English courses at UNM (based on at least 9 hours in English courses taken at UNM numbered 200 and above), and a letter of recommendation from a regular faculty member from the Department of English.

In the Honors Program, you will work closely with a faculty sponsor in order to write an Honors Thesis—a serious critical research, professional, or creative project. Thus, the Departmental Honors program asks you to challenge yourself at the highest academic level. Successful completion demonstrates that you are not only an exceptional student with a strong commitment to excellence, but that you can take initiative on a focused project, meet needed deadlines, and work cooperatively.

The distinction of cum laude, magna cum laude, or summa cum laude in English is awarded to successful candidates. To help ensure that you receive distinction for your work, it is important that you take the required coursework in a timely fashion, work steadily on your project, and consult frequently with your faculty advisor.

Sample materials are available upon consultation with the Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies: Professor Diane Thiel in Humanities 223.

To apply for the English Honors Program, submit this form to Diane Thiel at




Fall 2020

Thesis due Monday October 26, 2020

Prospectus due Monday September 21, 2020


Spring 2021

Thesis due Monday March 22, 2021

Prospectus due Monday February 22, 2021

Department of English Language and Literature
Humanities Building, Second Floor
MSC03 2170
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001

Phone: (505) 277-6347
Fax: (505) 277-0021