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Quick Facts

  • 6 - Number of graduate programs in the college ranked in the top 100 nationwide by U.S. News and World Report in March 2016
  • Fall 2015 - Launch of the Doctoral Program in Criminal Justice
  • Spring 2016 - Launch of the completely online Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) program
  • 2015-16 - Academic year in which the college recognized 25 years since its founding in 1990-91
  • > 1,700 - Number of children and adults with speech, language and hearing problems served by the Communication Disorders Clinic

Honors Programs

Carol Bast and HIM Student 2014

Legal studies major Kylie Brown (right) worked with
Associate Professor Carol Bast
on her Honors in the
Major thesis
titled "The Constitutionality of Warrantless
Cell Phone
Searches Incident to Arrest."

The College of Health and Public Affairs collaborates with The Burnett Honors College to offer honors programs that develop students' critical thinking and problem-solving skills and prepare them for a lifetime of professional and personal achievement.

The Burnett Honors College designs and oversees the academic programs of the most promising undergraduate students at UCF. The programs, in affiliation with the National Collegiate Honors Council, are designed around one concept -- academic excellence.

The Burnett Honors College consists of two distinct programs, University Honors and Honors in the Major, neither of which is mutually exclusive in that students can enroll in both programs. Students need not be enrolled in University Honors to be eligible for Honors in the Major.

University Honors Program

University Honors is a four-year program of study designed for incoming freshmen and selected community college honors graduates. Admission to University Honors is processed in the Burnett Honors College at the time of admission to UCF. Successful completion of the University Honors program by students in the College of Health and Public Affairs entails nine credit hours of intensive course work as follows:

University Honors (9 credit hours) 

  • One University Honors Interdisciplinary Seminar
  • One University Honors Interdisciplinary Seminar OR One Health and Public Affairs Honors Interdisciplinary Course (e.g., Public Affairs Research Methods or Ethics)
  • Independent Study (3 credits) OR any Honors Interdisciplinary Seminar/Course

Honors in the Major

The Burnett Honors College coordinates the Honors in the Major (HIM) program, which is designed to encourage the best junior and senior students to undertake original and independent work within their major field. This involves writing a thesis or completing an equivalent creative and innovative project (usually totaling six credit hours). Interested students from the College of Health and Public Affairs must first apply for this program through the honors college.

A College of Health and Public Affairs-HIM student designs an honors thesis or project under the guidance of a faculty mentor from the student's major program or department. This faculty mentor serves as the chair of the student's Thesis Committee, which includes a second faculty member from the student's major program or department and a third faculty member from outside the student's major. Upon completion of the thesis or project, the student must present an oral defense before his or her Thesis Committee.

Honors in the Major (6 credit hours)

  • Honors Directed Reading (3 credits) OR One Health and Public Affairs Honors Interdisciplinary Course (e.g., Public Affairs Research Methods) or Ethics*
  • Honors thesis (3 credits including successful completion and defense of a thesis or project)

*Students enrolled in these courses will write a thesis proposal as part of their course work.

For students interested in completing BOTH the University Honors and Honors in the Major, the following will satisfy the requirements for both:

Honors in the Major and University Honors (9 credit hours)

  • One University Honors Interdisciplinary Seminar
  • One Health and Public Affairs Honors Interdisciplinary Course* OR Honors Directed Reading (3 credits) OR BSC 3404H Quantitative Bio. Methods* (for Molecular Biology and Microbiology students only)
  • Honors thesis (3 credits)

*Students enrolled in these courses will write a thesis proposal as part of their course work.

For More Information

To learn more, students are encouraged to

  • call The Burnett Honors College at 407-823-2076, visit the college's website at http://honors.ucf.edu or stop by the college at UCF's Orlando campus (campus map).
  • discuss the Honors in the Major option with a professional advisor in the Department of Criminal Justice (contact information).

Learn More

Contact Information

Undergraduate Student Services
College of Health and Public Affairs
HPA II, Room 115
Phone: 407-823-0010
Fax: 407-823-0022
Email: hpainfo@ucf.edu

Office Hours           
Monday-Thursday
9:00 a.m.-4:45 p.m.

Friday Peer Advising ONLY
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.


Professional advising: Appointment basis
Peer advising: Walk-in basis

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