Departmental Honors (DH) is an Advanced Scholarship track of Commonwealth Honors College (CHC). Students may complete DH as part of the full CHC curriculum, which includes Honors General Studies, or they may complete DH alone. All DH students are members of CHC.

Successful completion of the DH course requirements with minimum grades of B (or as specified below) and the submission of a properly formatted Honors Thesis or Project manuscript (minimum grade of B for Seminar manuscripts) will result in the award of "Departmental Honors" on the student's academic transcript. For information about DH, speak with your Honors Program Director and see Admission Process below. For information about the full CHC Curriculum, see

General Admission Criteria

Minimally, to be eligible to apply for DH, students must have • An overall GPA of 3.400 or higher earned after one or more fulltime semester/s of UMass Amherst coursework • The ability to complete the DH sub-plan requirements • The ability to complete the CHC minimum residency requirement, i.e., 45-graded (not pass/fail) credits earned at UMass Amherst (not transferred)

Admissions Process

• UMass Amherst students who are not already members of CHC must apply to Departmental Honors, an Advanced Scholarship CHC sub-plan, via the CHC online application using the following link.
• Students who are already members of CHC should meet with the department’s Honors Program Director (HPD) regarding their interest in joining Departmental Honors (DH), an Advanced Scholarship CHC sub-plan. The HPD will determine a student's eligibility and preparedness for DH. Admission to DH will be at the discretion of the HPD based on the criteria as established by the department and CHC (see Admission Criteria above). The HPD will notify the CHC office of newly accepted DH students so appropriate steps can be taken to designate the sub-plan on SPIRE.

Program Requirements

• 1 PUBHLTH honors course any level

• 1 PUBHLTH honors courses 300-level or higher

• Honors Thesis or Project. Options include:

○ Individually contracted: PUBHLTH 499Y Honors Research and PUBHLTH 499T Honors Thesis or 499P Honors Project

○ Seminar: PUBHLTH 499N and PUBHLTH 499O Public Policy and Citizen Action

Other appropriate 499 Honors Thesis or Project options would be Citizen Scholar Program Honors Thesis or Project (a four semester commitment; the last two semesters count towards the student’s Honors Thesis/Project) or Honors Project seminars taught by Dr. Paula Stamps (Public Health faculty member).

• When offered, 1cr PUBHLTH 291H, 391H and 491H seminars plus their pre-requisite non-honors root course are acceptable as DH electives.

Requirement Exceptions Note

Note: exceptions to the requirements above require approval by both the Honors Program Director (HPD) and a Commonwealth Honors College advisor; Petition for Exception requests must be submitted through CHC PATHS.

Department Approval Date: 05.11.2011

Revised Date: 03.24.2015