Honors Program


PURPOSE/GOALS: The goal of the Honors Program in Computing and Informatics is to identify creative, imaginative, and exceptional undergraduate CCI students and develop their potential through encouragement, opportunity, and recognition. By providing such students with the benefits of smaller classes and a more challenging curriculum, CCI hopes to impact retention of majors, entry into our graduate programs, and have talented undergraduate students contribute to and participate in faculty research.

HONORS RECOGNITION: Upon completing the requirements of the Honors program, receiving the recommendation of the College of Computing and Informatics Honors Committee and the Department Chair, and upon certification by the University Honors Council, the honors candidate shall be graduated with Honors in Computing and Informatics. Recognition of such distinction shall be noted on the student's permanent record. The phrase, Honors in Computing and Informatics, shall be inscribed on the student's diploma.


To qualify for graduation with departmental honors recognition, the student must:

  • Be admitted formally to honors candidacy by the CCI Honors Committee and the University Honors Council at least two semesters before the student's graduation.
  • Have an overall GPA of 3.50 in the Computing and Informatics major.
  • Have an overall GPA of 3.20 for all courses outside the Computing and Informatics major, including non-Honors courses.
  • Complete at least six (6) credits of CCI designated Honors coursework (not including the thesis) and obtain an overall GPA of 3.50 for these courses.
  • Complete 6 credits of Honors Thesis coursework that may be constituted from undergraduate thesis, capstone course or other research related coursework.
  • Select a three-person Committee (at least two persons must be from Computing and Informatics) to serve as the student's Honors Thesis Committee.
  • Successfully complete an Honors Thesis, orally defend the Honors Thesis in front of the student's Thesis Committee, and obtain the grade of "A" for the Thesis (all 6 credits of thesis coursework).

What constitutes a CCI honors course:

A course may be designated as an honors course as follows: The course is specifically designed for honors students,

  • Honors by Contract: In this case, student and instructor make a contract in a regular course to identify the additional work that will be performed by the student; this agreement must be approved by the CCI Honors committee.



(NB: The above criteria are minimum expectations. The College of Computing and Informatics reserves the right to set restrictions on the number of students admitted into the Program for any given year, consistent with the demands on the overall College.)

Further Inquiries: cci-honors-program@listserv.uncc.edu

  • Consideration for admission to the Honors Program may be initiated by the student or by any faculty member in the College of Computing and Informatics. A student may be removed from the Honors Program at any time upon her/his own request or upon failure to meet the program requirements. There shall be no penalty for removal from the Honors Program.
  • A student is eligible to begin participation in the Honors Program in his/her Freshman, Sophomore, or Junior year of study.
  • The student must have an overall GPA of 3.20 and a GPA of 3.50 in the Computing and Informatics major. Incoming freshman students will be reviewed for admission based on their SAT scores, GPA, PGI, and IB and AP coursework.
  • Students entering the Honors program must fill out an application form and relevant materials for consideration and review by the CCI Honors committee. Applications must be received by Dec. 1 for Spring admission and May 1 for Fall admission. Honors program applications from beginning freshman students will be processed on the first day of classes for that semester.
  • The Honors Committee in Computing and Informatics will review the materials of all eligible student applicants and recommend to the respective department Chair those individuals who should be admitted into the Program.


  1. Application
  2. Contract
  3. Application for admission to candidacy


All students planning to graduate with honors must submit to the Honors College an Application to Candidacy Form with a thesis/project proposal by the deadline the semester PRIOR to the semester in which they expect to complete the thesis/project. This process includes review of the proposal by Honors Faculty and sometimes requires revisions. Plan ahead and contact your honors program director in your junior year to facilitate this process; he or she, as well as your thesis advisor and any reader(s), must review the proposal and approve it via signature before submission.  This Application to Candidacy process is required before taking any honors thesis/project courses on campus. For more information, including the form, deadlines, and guidelines, see: https://honorscollege.uncc.edu/students/application-candidacy.  . Students who fail to complete this required step will not be able to proceed with the thesis/project, nor graduate with honors.


Further Inquiries: cci-honors-program@listserv.uncc.edu