Honors Requirements

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.
  • Complete 16 credits of Honors Discovery courses,
    1. Of which at least 8 credits (usually 2 courses) must be seminar-style. Qualifying Honors seminars have a cap of no more than 20 students, and use discussion as the primary mode of in-class instruction.  (Seminar-Style Courses)
    2. For the remaining 8 credits, students may choose any Honors course at the 400 or 500 level.
    3. At most, one course may be a "self-designated Honors course," in which students create their own Honors course in collaboration with a faculty member. Self-designated courses will not count toward the Honors seminar requirement.
  • Departmental Honors OR Interdisciplinary Honors 
    1. Departmental Honors requirements differ by major.
    2. Interdisciplinary Honors requires three approved Honors Enrichment Experiences.
  • Honors Thesis of at least 4 credits
    1. Students must register for an Honors Thesis course of at least 4 credits supervised by a faculty member.
    2. A grade of B or better is required for the Honors Thesis.
    3. Some majors require that the thesis be completed over 2 semesters, and some require more than 4 credits of thesis work.

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