Honor students may qualify for one of the three designations on their official transcript as graduates of the Honors College by satisfactorily passing Honors courses as outlined below. In addition to these requirements, each level designation also requires two semesters of a single second language or adequately passing a language test administered by the College Level Examination Program (CLEP).

Honors Graduation application form

HIGHEST DISTINCTION
Honors Baccalaureate, Summa Cum Laude (3.7 CUMULATIVE GPA)
Name of Course No. Credits
HONR 201 and HONR 202 "Texts and Critics"* OR HONR 301 (only 4 credits) 8 Credits
1 Upper-Division Honors Seminar 4 Credits
A Second Upper-Division Honors Seminar
OR HONR 450 Tutorial** (Student Fellow)
4-6 Credits
Honors Thesis (May be in Major or in Honors) 3 Credits
Other Honors Courses*** 9 Credits (or 13 using HONR 301)
Minimum Highest Distinction Credits 28 Credits
DISTINCTION
Honors Baccalaureate, Magna Cum Laude
(3.5 CUMULATIVE GPA)
Name of Course No. Credits
HONR 201 and HONR 202 "Texts and Critics"* OR HONR 301 (only 4 credits)

8 Credits

1 Upper-Division Honors Seminar 4 Credits
A Second Honors Seminar, HONR 450 Tutorial** (Student Fellow) OR Honors Thesis (May be in Major or in Honors) 4-6 Credits
Other Honors Courses*** 4 Credits (or 8 using HONR 301)
20 Credits 20 Credits
ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT
Honors Baccalaureate, Cum Laude
(3.5 CUMULATIVE GPA)
Name of Course No. Credits
HONR 201 and HONR 202 "Texts and Critics"* OR HONR 301 (only 4 credits) 8 Credits
1 Upper-Division Honors Seminar, HONR 450 Tutorial**, 
OR 
Honors Thesis (May be in Major or in Honors)
4-6 Credits
Other Honors Courses*** 4 Credits (or 8 using HONR 301)
Minimum Academic Achievement Credits 16 Credits

 

*TRANSFER/UPPER CLASS STUDENTS may substitute HONR 301 for HONR 201/202 pending Dean approval.

**HONR 450 Tutorial: (1) Student Fellow can be in "Texts and Critics" or, per Dean approval, in an upper-division Honors seminar. May not repeat in "Texts and Critics" for graduation requirement. (2) Independent study with faculty member by contract.

***Honors Courses: Any Honors courses including upper-division Honors seminars, tutorials**, contracts, special topics, Great Expeditions, Mentoring Gifted Students, additional thesis credits, and Honors courses offered in other disciplines (Chemistry, Biology, Earth Science, etc.).