Welcome to the UNC Asheville Honors Program

  • Honors Students Represent at 2016 NCHA Conference

    Eight UNCA Honors students traveled to UNC Greensboro for this year's meeting of the NC Honors Association

  • Honors student Emily Powell with her art

    These pieces, commissioned by the Honors Program, combine Emily's glassblowing skills with poetry

  • Honors Grad Earns Fulbright

    May 2016 Honors grad Gray Barrett (Political Science) earned a prestigious Fulbright Award to study abroad in Norway

  • 2016 Southern Regional Honors Council Conference

    Senior Izzy Golden presents his research on sea turtle populations at the 2016 SRHC Conference in Orlando, FL

  • Honors Alum Making Waves in Local Art Scene

    Former Honors student Sally Garner (May 2013), with her exhibit, A Memory Rewound, at the Satellite Gallery in downtown Asheville

  • Plate House

    Honors Director Patrick Bahls poses in front of an origami-inspired refugee shelter built by Honors students and faculty in Spring 2016

The Honors Program provides a rich curriculum for motivated students who seek to understand themselves and make a difference in the world. Together, students and faculty form a community of caring, dedicated, and enthusiastic scholars. Opportunities available to Honors students include travel in the United States and abroad, meeting distinguished campus visitors, receiving tickets to concerts and cultural events, taking part in enriching social and academic co-curricular and extracurricular events, and forging strong relationships with talented professors.

Engaged in scholarship, campus life, and the greater Asheville community, Honors students value education and strive to create a better society, one where every life may flourish. If you are a self-motivated learner who understands the value of challenging classes and are willing to give your time and talents to a greater cause, we invite you to apply to the UNC Asheville Honors Program. Should you have any questions or want to know more about the opportunities we afford, please feel free to contact us.

Current and upcoming Honors events and opportunities

  • 2017 Southern Regional Honors Council Conference. UNC Asheville will host the 2017 meeting of the SRHC, taking place from March 30 through April 1 at the Renaissance Asheville Hotel downtown. Please visit this page for more information on the conference. Honors students wanting to help plan the conference should contact the Honors Program Director at pbahls@unca.edu.
  • Sparks Lecture Series. The Student Honors Advisory Committee's lecture series will continue with three presentations by UNC Asheville Honors students, each from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the Laurel Forum (Karpen 139). All presentations are free and open to all members of the UNC Asheville community.

    • Monday, October 17: Dakota White, To the point: Accessible P2P email encryption based on CLOW-GKA. Email is one of the premiere forms of communication used by both individuals and large organizations. Protecting this information from one place to another is crucial and many high level companies use a form of encryption known as "point to point” (P2P). My research involved creating a proof of concept user interface for a new version of this P2P encryption for email services.
    • Tuesday, November 1: Forest Gamble, Viewer immersion and incongruous video formats. Atypical means of visual representation (such as 3D, virtual reality, and vertical cinema) have spawned their own distinctive methods of storytelling in response to changing habits of consumption.
    • Monday, November 7: Jerry Pcolar, Sacred reality, phenomenology, and the politics of religious studies. Sacred reality inhabits a realm that is difficult to define. This presentation speaks to how UNC Asheville’s Religious Studies Department uses academic inquiry to investigate a different mode of existence.

Contact information

Honors Program Director: Patrick Bahls, pbahls@unca.edu

Honors Program Office: honors@unca.edu; 828.251.6227