UNT Opportunities | Department of Sociology

UNT Opportunities

Undergraduate Research Opportunities for Sociology

UNT Honors College

Higher Education should be a transformative experience, and you should grow as a student and as a person while you are here. The purpose of an Honors education is to prepare you for graduate study, career building, and all the learning pursuits of a lifetime. It is about academic challenges and intellectual growth in a world of opportunity. Ideal candidates for the Honors College are students who love learning and see a world of accomplishment ahead of them as contributing members of society. The Honors College is only open to undergraduate students pursuing their first Bachelors Degree. Applications are due in June for admission the following Fall.

Incoming Freshman students receiving the following UNT Scholarships are offered automatic admission to the Honors College and do not need to submit an application.

  • UNT Meritorious Scholarship for National Merit Finalists
  • UNT Excellence Scholarship--President's Scholarship and Dean's Scholarship Award Levels
  • Terry Foundation Scholarship

If you receive one of these scholarships please email kelli.butler@unt.edu and attach a copy of your award letter, making sure your name is visible. Please make sure you include your 8 digit UNT student ID number.

Other interested students should complete the online application.

Freshman Applicants are required to submit:

(1) a high school transcript that includes GPA and class rank,

(2) a personal statement and

(3) a resume

We consider the student's academic record in light of the types of courses taken and the nature of their high school curriculum.

Transfer Students and Currently Enrolled UNT Students are required to submit:

(1) transcripts for completed college work,

(2) a personal statement and

(3) a resume

In general, students with more than 72 hours completed and in-progress are not considered for admission to the Honors College.

Honors College members pay a $20 program fee each semester. This fee provides students with Honors benefits of priority registration, advising, access to Honors courses, and extensive co-curricular programming. If a student admitted to the Honors College does not activate their membership by enrolling in an Honors course, the fee is fully refunded and will not be charged in subsequent semesters.

UNT Honors Summer Research

Students must be a member of the Honors College to apply.

Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program

Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement programs, also known as McNair Scholars Programs, prepare university undergraduates (juniors and seniors) who are low-income, first generation, and/or members of groups underrepresented in graduate education. UNT's McNair Scholars Program provides students selected as McNair Scholars with research opportunities, faculty mentors, and a variety of services to successfully complete the baccalaureate degree and prepare for graduate school. The goal of all program is to increase the number of students from underrepresented segments of society to successfully complete a Ph.D. degree.

The U.S. Department of Education and the UNT McNair Scholars Program have set the following eligibility requirements. You may qualify for the program if you meet all of these criteria:

  • you come from a household where neither parent has a four-year degree
  • you come from a low-income household
  • you are a member of an underrepresented group in graduate education
  • your ultimate educational goal is a doctoral (Ph.D.) degree
  • you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • your GPA is a 3.0 or above
  • you want to conduct research with the guidance of a faculty mentor
  • you need assistance navigating the graduate school process
  • you have at least four long semesters at UNT before you graduate (conventionally, this means you must have a minimum of 60 credit hours by the beginning of your first summer as a McNair Scholar)

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