The University Honors Program is divided into two phases. The first is an enhanced version of the University's Discovery Program, the set of course requirements that ensures a broad foundation of academic knowledge for students in all majors. Honors Discovery courses are intimate and highly participatory, and are designed for students who embrace academic challenges.

In the program's second phase, students may choose either Interdisciplinary Honors or Departmental Honors to complete their University Honors experience. Interdisciplinary Honors recognizes students who seek academic experiences that extend beyond their course curricula, while Departmental Honors students follow more specialized curricula as they focus on their chosen fields. Both tracks culminate with the Honors Thesis, an extended research project conducted under the supervision of a faculty advisor.


Students who graduate with University Honors must:

  • Maintain and graduate with a cumulative overall GPA of at least 3.5 for students entering Fall 2017 or after. (Students entering before Fall 2017 must maintain a 3.4).  
  • Complete 16 credits of Honors Discovery courses, of which
    • 4 credits must be in an Honors Inquiry Seminar (with the course number 444) (see Honors in Discovery)
    • [for students entering in Fall 2016 or later] 4 credits must be in an Honors Symposium (with the course number 440)
  • Complete the requirements for Departmental Honors, as specified by the major; OR complete the requirements for Interdisciplinary Honors. Students who complete only Discovery Honors do not receive special recognition upon graduation.

Departmental Honors without University Honors

Students with a qualifying GPA may complete Departmental Honors by itself, without participating in the University Honors Program or completing Discovery Honors requirements. Members of the University Honors Program who do not fulfill Discovery Honors requirements remain eliglble to graduate with Departmental Honors, but not University Honors.