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At a Glance

Honors Degree Requirements

To receive a bachelor's degree “with distinction,” students must:

  • Enroll in an Honors course (HIST-102 HON, ENGL-102 HON, etc.).
  • Apply for full admission to the Honors College by February 1 of either their freshman or sophomore year. Full admission to Honors College is based on minimum cumulative GPA; two letters of recommendation, at least one of which is from an Honors College faculty member; and an essay.
  • Complete at least 12 hours of Honors coursework over the course of their freshman, sophomore, and junior years, with no grade lower than a B (3.0) counting toward Honors College credit.
  • Successfully complete Honors Proseminar and have an Honors Project proposal approved by the Honors College Committee at least one year prior to graduation or entry into a pre-professional graduate program (i.e., physical therapy).
  • Complete a three- to six-credit-hour Honors Project (HON-490) as a capstone experience.
  • Earn an overall GPA of 3.3 or higher.
  • Successfully complete 18.5 total hours of Honors College credit.

To maintain membership in the Honors College, students must take at least three honors credits (and preferably six) per academic year or request permission for special exemption from the chair of the Honors College for this requirement.

Honors Project 

Contact Dr. James Williams, interim executive director of Honors College, to obtain detailed information regarding Honors Project requirements and the proposal process. Students are encouraged to begin thinking about their Honors Project early in their college career. Note: Students may register for HON-490 only after the Honors College Committee has approved the Honors Project proposal.