Graduation Requirements

Honors Finisher: Students who are considered to have finished the Honors Program have the phrase "Completed Requirements of Liberal Studies Honors Program" noted on their transcripts and earn an honors medallion.

To become an "honors finisher" and have this distinction on your transcript, students must earn eighteen (18) honors points, which are usually honors credits earned through course work. These 18 honors points must include a minimum of thirteen (13) semester hours of honors course work (honors sections of regular courses, honors seminars, the Honors Colloquium, honors augmented courses, directed individual study (DIS), graduate classes, and Honors In The Major work). The remainder of the eighteen (18) honors points can be earned through any combination of further honors course work or the achievements listed below.

To count toward the Honors Program requirements, an honors course must be completed with a grade of "C-" or better. Honors individually augmented courses will be counted toward the medallion if a grade of "B-" or better is earned and the honors augmented project is completed satisfactorily. Students using honors thesis hours toward the medallion must earn a "B-" or better.

Students may earn up to a maximum of five (5) honors points toward the Honors Medallion by the achievements listed below. The amount of points for each achievement is indicated.

Each of the following achievements earns one point towards the total 18 honor points required. An achievement may be duplicated for additional points.

  • 30 hours of service as noted on a student's ServScript
  • Serving as a FIG (Freshman Interest Group) leader
  • Serving as a UROP (Undergrad Research Opportunity) leader
  • Serving as a Honors Colloquium Leader
  • Completion of the UROP program
  • Presenting at a regional, state, or national conference

Each of the following achievements earns three points towards the total 18 honor points required for the Honors Program.

A student who finishes both the University Honors Program and the Honors in the Major Program earns special recognition and has both distinctions noted on their transcript.


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