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.

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 nine (9) semester hours of honors course work (honors sections of regular courses, honors seminars, the honors colloquium, honors-augmented courses). The remainder of the eighteen (18) honors points can be earned through any combination of further honors course work including honors Directed Individual Study (DIS), graduate classes, Honors in the Major work (also known as honors thesis), and the achievements listed below.

Honors Medallion

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.

Three of the 18 honor points for the Honors Medallion may be earned by the following achievements:

One honors point toward the Honors Medallion may be earned by the following achievements. 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
  • Completion of the UROP program
  • A conference presentation

To count toward the Honors Medallion requirements, an honors course must be completed with a grade of "C-" or better. Honors-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.

A student who finishes 18 credit hours of honors course work that includes completion of the Honors in the Major (9-12 hours course work + 6-9 hours of thesis) is given special recognition at the awards ceremony and has both distinctions described here noted on their transcripts.

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