By completing the prescribed honors course requirements and maintaining a minimum GPA of 3.5, students are entitled to graduate with University Honors. Students who complete the requirements and maintain a GPA of at least 3.75 graduate with Distinction in University Honors. Students who graduate in either category are awarded a medallion at a pre-commencement ceremony, which they may wear at commencement with their caps and gowns. Both designations are permanently recorded in your transcripts.
Freshman/Sophomore Years: Three courses from the Honors Core (lower-division Honors courses) – 9 credits
Junior/Senior Years: Two upper-division Honors courses – 6 credits
Honors Thesis: 3 credits
Total: 18 credits
Honors Courses by Contract
Non-Honors courses may count as upper level Honors courses by contracting the course. An Honors Contract is a mechanism for adding an “honors dimension” to a course that is not listed as an honors course (HON prefix). The contract allows honors students to convert a regular non-honors course into an honors course that counts toward graduation with University Honors. Download the Honors Contract Form here for more information.
For more information about completing an Honors Thesis, click here.