Academic & Graduation Honors
We celebrate your academic achievements. In addition to the dean’s list and graduation with honors, academic honor societies reward your hard work.
The Dean’s List recognizes undergraduate students for outstanding academic achievement during each semester. Students achieving a 3.400 or higher grade point average while carrying at least 12 credit hours for a grade (excluding courses taken pass/fail) shall be named to the Dean’s List at the end of each semester.
Students with an incomplete grade will not be awarded Dean’s List. If, when all incompletes are resolved, the student meets the Dean’s List criteria, they may submit a request to be added to the Dean’s List through the Registrar’s Office.
After completing a minimum of 60 calculated credit hours of residence work, students completing a bachelor’s degree may qualify for graduation honors. The honors to be conferred are summa cum laude for grade point averages of 3.750–4.000, magna cum laude for grade point averages of 3.600–3.749, and cum laude for grade point averages of 3.400–3.599.
Students who successfully complete the honors program will be awarded College Honors. See the Undergraduate Curriculum section for eligibility criteria and curricular requirements.
All undergraduate major programs provide the opportunity for departmental honors work during the junior and senior years. For specific information, interested students should contact the appropriate department chair. The minimal requirements for departmental honors are a cumulative GPA of at least 3.000, at the time of application and at the time of graduation; a written thesis; an oral presentation; and approval by a majority vote of the full-time members of the department.
This project is undertaken on a subject of the student’s choosing under the supervision of a faculty advisor. The opportunity to do creative work also exists. A maximum of 9 hours credit may be earned in departmental honors.