Requirements & Distinctions

Course Requirements

Honors students are expected to have completed six Honors courses, one of which being the Honors Interdisciplinary Seminar, before graduating to qualify for University Honors Program Distinction. The Honors Program recommends that students generally follow these benchmarks:

  • End of the First Year: 3-4 courses
  • End of Second Year: 5 courses
  • End of Fourth or Fifth Year: Six courses (including Honors Interdisciplinary Seminar)

Honors Discovery counts towards one of these courses.

Important Note: First-Year students who join the Honors Program in the Spring semester are required to complete 5 Honors courses, including an Honors Interdisciplinary Seminar. First-Year students who join the Program at the end of their first year need to complete 4 Honors courses, including the Seminar.

Maintaining Academic Standing

Honors students must sustain a 3.5 GPA to maintain good standing and graduate with University Honors Program Distinction.

Any Honors student who possesses a cumulative GPA less than 3.0 at any point after the conclusion of their First-Year Spring semester will no longer be eligible to participate in the Honors Program.

Honors Program Distinctions

There are two different Honors Program distinctions that Honors students may earn upon graduation:

University Honors Program Distinction is earned by those students who have:

  • Passed the required number of Honors courses (including the Honors Interdisciplinary Seminar).
  • Maintained cumulative 3.5 or higher GPA

Honors Distinction in Major is defined by each college. In many cases, this distinction may be earned by completing the Honors in the Discipline Project. This distinction will appear on the transcript as “Honors in ‘Discipline’”, e.g., “Honors in Music” or “Honors in Chemistry”.