Departmental Honors

Departmental Honors

Departmental Honors (DH) is the suggested choice for students who wish to pursue advanced scholarship in the major.  

Admission to the DH track requires approval by the department. Additionally, most departments have specific DH course requirements. 


How to Apply 

If you are interested in pursuing the DH track, meet with your department's Honors Program Director as soon as possible, and review the Department Honors Requirements information below. 

If you are a current UMass Amherst student who is not currently an Honors College member and you satisfy the eligibility criteria, you may apply to Commonwealth Honors College and indicate your interest in the DH track as part of the application. 



As many departments have their own DH course requirements, you are encouraged to plan ahead to make sure you can meet the DH requirements. 



Honors Curriculum requirements for the DH track include all four Depth of Study DH requirements: two Honors courses IN THE MAJOR as specified by departmental requirements, at least one of which must be at or above the 300 level, and two Honors Thesis 499 (3+ credit) courses, informally referred to as Honors Thesis Part 1 and Honors Thesis Part 2. Some departments may have additional DH requirements.  


The Honors Curriculum challenges you to find connections between academic disciplines, between theory and practice, between individual and community, and to learn to make a difference in the world.  

Understand what's required of Commonwealth Honors College students.

To broaden your academic interests between two or more disciplines, select the Multidisciplinary Honors track.