Departmental Honors Programs


The purpose of Departmental Honors is to provide Honors students a unique opportunity to do advanced, in-depth study and research within their major academic disciplines. Specific requirements are set by the student's department; however, it is expected that all students, regardless of major, will complete a thesis, portfolio of creative works or major research project under the guidance of a faculty member or committee of faculty.

Basic Policies

Normally, Departmental Honors is completed during your junior and senior years.

To be considered for any Departmental Honors program as a current Honors student, you must have a cumulative GPA of 3.40 or higher and the approval of your department, which may take into consideration such factors as your maturity and motivation. If you are applying to Departmental Honors as a current, non-honors student, you must have a cumulative GPA of 3.50 at the end of the semester you apply in as well as support from the department in order to be admitted.

Normally, students achieve Departmental Honors in the academic discipline of their major. However, with the express written approval of the Honors Director and the chairs of the appropriate departments, permission may be granted for Departmental Honors to be earned in an area of study other than that of the student's major.

Courses taken for Departmental Honors must be honors courses.

Honors courses can be counted towards either General Honors or Departmental Honors but not for both General and Departmental Honors.