University Honors Program

Honors awards program

Degree Requirements

The UHP offers three possible designations on the official transcripts for students who complete the requisite requirements: University Honors Scholar, University Honors Graduate, and Interdisciplinary Honors minor. 

 

In order to graduate as a University Honors Scholar, students must earn 21 Honors credits, including HONR 111 Perspectives and Understanding and HONR 499 Capstone or a departmental capstone for Honors credit, and achieve a minimum 3.0 GPA. Nine of the 21 credits must be at the 300-level or higher. If a student elects to do a departmental capstone rather than the Honors one, that course must include:

  • original research or creative scholarship,
  • written interpretation or analysis, and
  • public presentation or a defense.

The designation University Honors Graduate is reserved for students who enter the UHP having earned 45 or more college credits and take 15 hours of Honors classes. Students are required to take HONR 499 Capstone or a departmental capstone for Honors credit, and achieve a minimum 3.0 GPA. Nine of the 15 credits must be at the 300-level or higher. If a student elects to do a departmental capstone rather than the Honors one, that course must include:

  • original research or creative scholarship,
  • written interpretation or analysis, and
  • public presentation or a defense.

In order to earn the Interdisciplinary Honors minor, students must complete a portfolio documenting work related to the minor in addition to completing the requirements for the designation University Honors Scholar. Students work with their faculty advisors to compile their portfolio.  Typically it will include samples of student work and a brief essay focusing on the ways in which their work reflected UHP goals.