University Honors

Honors Diplomas

Note: All diplomas only count 6 credits from each "way" (1 - 11)
i.e. if a student has taken BIOL 1205H, 1206H (4 credits + 4 credits) 6 of the 8 credits will apply to the Honors diploma.

Honors Scholar

In order to receive the Honors Scholar diploma designation, a student must:

  • Complete 18 hours of Honors credit.
  • Order your diploma and submit the Honors Diploma Order Form during the first part of the semester in which you will graduate. Watch the Honors listserv (HONORS-L) for announcements.

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in Honors

In order to receive the in Honors diploma designation, a student must:

  • Complete 21 hours of Honors credits including 6 credits of Honors Undergraduate Research.
  • Meet the requirements of your major department(s) for this diploma.
  • Some departments have additional requirements (e.g. public presentation or faculty committee approval) for the Honors diploma. It is your responsibility to consult with the Honors advisor in your department(s) about any special requirements.
  • You must, in consultation with your faculty mentor, write an Honors thesis in the format of the discipline in which the thesis is written. If you are doing thesis research in a department other than your primary major department, a faculty member in the primary major department should serve either on the committee that evaluates the thesis or should read and approve the thesis in conjunction with the faculty mentor; and
  • Once the thesis is complete, the faculty mentor must write a short letter stating that you have done Honors-level undergraduate research and that s/he approves the research and thesis for the diploma. The letter must be dated and signed. Or you may have the members of your committee sign the Thesis Approval Form.
  • Order your diploma with Russell Shrader and submit the Honors Diploma Order Form during the first part of the semester in which you will graduate. Watch the Honors listserv (HONORS-L) for announcements.
  • You must submit the final copy of your thesis and the letter from the faculty mentor or the signed thesis approval form to University Honors no later than the Friday one week prior to graduation by 5:00 p.m. Failure to submit the thesis and supporting letter will result in the diploma being held by the University Registrar.

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Honors Baccalaureate

In order to receive the Honors Baccalaureate designation, a student must:

  • Have a minimum of two majors or one major and two minors.
  • Meet with Christina McIntyre in the fall of your junior year to confirm plans for completing the diploma.
  • Create a committee of advisors with no less that two faculty members (one from each major if two majors). Consult with them about your thesis. Meet the thesis requirements of the department(s) of your major(s).
  • Meet with the honors advisors in the department of your major(s) at least four semesters before graduation to discuss the specific thesis requirements of each department.
  • Thesis requirements may vary by department and it is recommended that the student meet with the departmental Honors advisor to discuss specific requirements for the major (format, length, depth of discussion, presentation, defense, etc.)
  • Complete a minimum of 6 credits of honors tutorials (UH 4974) with a member of the faculty.
  • Complete a minimum of 6 credits of honors undergraduate research (UH 4994) with a professor in your major.
  • Complete an additional 12 credits of Honors credits for a total of 24 honors credits.
  • Write a thesis that is approved by a faculty member in each major in which you will receive the Honors Baccalaureate. The thesis approval form must be signed by the faculty members on your committee. NOTE: If the thesis is not relevant to both majors the Baccalaureate diploma will only be recognized for the major(s) for which the thesis applies.
  • Order your diploma with Christina McIntyre and submit the Honors Diploma Order Form during the first part of the semester in which you will graduate. Watch the Honors listserv (HONORS-L) for announcements.

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Scholar in Health Studies

In order to receive the Scholar in Health Studies diploma designation, a student must:

  • Complete the minor in Medicine & Society
  • Complete a minimum of 12 Honors credits
  • Order the diploma and submit the Honors Diploma Order Form during the first part of the semester in which you will graduate. Watch the Honors listserv (HONORS-L) for announcements.
  • Note: Honors credit does not have to be in the minor.
    Keep in mind that many of the courses for the minor are not Honors credit, but can be raised to the level of Honors credit through agreement at the beginning of the semester through formal documentation and with the approval of the professor and Honors office (see ways to earn Honors credit).

 

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Commonwealth Scholar

This diplomas is used by students who:

  1. transfer from another college or university
  2. transfer into University Honors after their third semester; or
  3. choose the Accelerated Undergraduate / Graduate degree program.

It is ONLY available to students who enter University Honors five semesters or less from graduation or who choose the accelerated undergraduate / graduate degree program.

In order to receive the Commonwealth Scholar designation, a student must:

  • Complete 12 hours of Honors credits.
  • Order your diploma and submit the Honors Diploma Order Form during the first part of the semester in which you will graduate. Watch the Honors listserv (HONORS-L) for announcements.

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Accelerated Undergraduate / Graduate Degree Program

Graduate catalog link for more information

(Note: This is not an Honors diploma. Students electing this option can stay in Honors if they are accepted to the accelerated program. They can elect to earn the Commonwealth Scholar Honors diploma (12 credits of Honors) for their undergraduate degree)

In accordance with the new CGS&P policy, which began in Fall 2010 for the accelerated undergraduate/graduate degree programs, “each graduate degree program wishing to offer one or more accelerated undergraduate/graduate degree programs must submit a written description of their program to the Graduate School for review and approval before students may be admitted hereto”. 
Consistent with Graduate School policy, the standards for each program must meet the minimum requirements but can exceed these (e.g., GPA, fewer number of courses to double counted).  These regulations include the following:

  • Students must be accepted into the program prior to the beginning of the semester in which they would enroll in courses to be used on the accelerated program.  Students qualifying for the program must be in the last 12 months of their undergraduate degree
  • A maximum of 12 credits of graded coursework may be used in the program
  • No more than 6 of the double-counted credits may be at the 4000 level; all others must be offered for graduate credit
  • A grade of B or higher must be earned in each course to be double counted
  • Courses must not be taken pass-fail if a graded option is available

Programs that intend to accept students into an accelerated graduate program must submit a proposal to the graduate school that includes the following:

  • Accelerated program(s) you wish to offer
  • Graduate degrees included - master’s or doctoral degrees or both
  • Admission criteria and application materials required, including but not necessarily limited to student status, minimum GPA requirement, statement of motivation and career objectives, student’s experience and qualifications as reflected in a résumé, a portfolio, and/or letters of reference
  • the number of credits to be double counted towards undergraduate and graduate degrees
  • Process for identifying potential students and faculty advisors, and for mentoring during program
  • Tentative listing of courses that the department expects to be used for graduate plans of study for students in the program
  • Other conditions or aspects of the proposed program as appropriate.

** Other options for undergraduates taking graduate courses**

Undergraduates Taking Graduate Courses

Seniors

Students in their senior year, with a 3.0 or better GPA, may enroll in 5000-level courses satisfying undergraduate degree requirements within their department with the permission of the course instructor and the Department Head. Should the student become a graduate student, these courses may not be used on the Plan of Study for a graduate degree.

Dual Student Status

Seniors in a bachelor's degree, who have a GPA of 3.0 or better may be eligible for Dual Status during the final semester of their undergraduate degree. To obtain this status, students must file an application for the master's degree and the Concurrent Undergraduate and Graduate Status Form (for obtaining Dual Status). The department reviews the student for master’s acceptance and, if this is recommended, indicates on the Admission Analysis form that the student will be accepted for Dual Status for the final semester of the undergraduate degree. This acceptance must  occur prior to the final semester of the undergraduate degree. Graduate coursework taken during the semester of dual registration may only be designated for use in the graduate degree when it is not used to meet bachelor's degree requirements (i.e., each course taken during the final semester is specified as being for either the bachelor's or the master's degree).

Combined Student Status (Architecture Only)

This status is reserved for qualified students in the bachelor of architecture program who: (a) are within 24 semester hours of graduation; (b) are proceeding toward one of the two-year master's programs in urban and regional planning or architecture; and (c) have at least a 3.0 GPA for the last two years (60 credit hours) of undergraduate studies. Combined students are permitted to take graduate courses.

 

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