Honors Program

Option 1:

General Education Scholar. Students are invited by Commonwealth Honors College (CHC) as first year students or can apply after their first year.


Option 2:

Departmental Honors (DH). Includes 2 honors courses, one above 300, as well as a 6-8 credit capstone thesis or project (see more details below). https://www.honors.umass.edu/dhreqs/nutrition


Multidisciplinary Honors (MH).  Includes 2 honors courses, one above 300 level, as well as 6-8 credit capstone thesis or project which can be completed through a seminar course in any subject/ major https://www.honors.umass.edu/curriculum/multidisciplinaryhonors


Option 3:

Commonwealth College Honors. Commonwealth College Honors is a combination of both General Education Scholar and Departmental or Multidisciplinary Honors.

Departmental Honors is designed to complement and extend the experience of the academic major. DH requirements are similar to, but more specific than, those of the General Education scholar requirements. The required overall GPA for nutrition departmental honors is 3.4. Please speak with a CHC advisor about the admission procedure. https://www.honors.umass.edu/advising


Course Requirements for DH

  • Two Nutrition Honors Courses: The Nutrition Department offers few honors courses (130H and 140H). Students typically take graduate-level courses or complete an honors independent study activity along with a non-honors required course using an Honors Independent Study Contract (HIS) obtained through Commonwealth College. The course will appear on the transcript as an HIS in Nutrition. All Departmental Honors Nutrition courses, including the honors thesis or project listed below, need to be discussed with nutrition department Honors Program Director, Dr. Alayne Ronnenberg.

  • Honors Research Project (NUTRITN 499Y): A proposal is required for this option that defines your research.

  • Honors Thesis or Project (NUTRITION 499T or 499P): Including submission of manuscript to CHC.

Honors Theses/ Capstones can be individually contracted or conducted through a course seminar with a professor over two semesters (typically senior year).