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Undergraduate students receiving a baccalaureate degree with a grade point average of 3.50 or above have the degree conferred with University Honors. Announcement of these honors is published in the commencement program and the diplomas of the honorees are inscribed to indicate the honor received. University Honor graduates wear special regalia during commencement.
University Honors are awarded based on the following overall grade point averages:
|Magna Cum Laude
|Summa Cum Laude
|3.90 and above
Students who have met the criteria for graduating as an Honors Scholar or with Departmental Honors are also published in the commencement program.
President’s List and Vice President for Academic Affairs’ List
Undergraduate students who attain a semester GPA of 4.0 are named to the President’s List and undergraduates who attain a semester GPA of 3.50-3.99 are named to the Vice President for Academic Affairs’ List for that semester, provided the following conditions are met: 1) complete at least 12 earned credit hours fall or spring semester (or 9 hours in the summer term), and 2) receive no grades of F, WF, Z, or IC for that semester or term. Repeated courses are not considered in the credit hour or grade point average calculation for these lists. Students making the list are notified via email announcements from the Vice President for Academic Affairs and President’s offices.
President’s Recognition Award
The President’s Recognition Award is given to graduating seniors who have achieved at the 95th to 100th percentile on the required, nationally normed, senior exam prescribed by the faculty in their respective major. The receipt of the President’s Recognition Award becomes part of a student’s official academic record and is annotated on all future transcripts.
Honors Scholar Program
The requirements for becoming an Honors Scholar in the Arts and Sciences are: complete five approved courses in the areas of mathematics, science, humanities, and social science with at least one course from each area; and earn at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA overall and in these five courses. Only grades of “A” and “B” may count toward the 3.5 minimum grade point average requirement in the five approved Honors Scholar courses.
Students who complete a single undergraduate major may not satisfy Honors Scholar requirements with any course in their major field. (For example, a student whose only major is mathematics may not use any course carrying the MATH prefix to satisfy Honors Scholar requirements.)
Students who complete two or more majors may use any approved courses to satisfy Honors Scholar requirements.
No credit toward becoming an Honors Scholar shall be given for high school courses or transfer courses (including AP, CLEP, Study Abroad credit or substitutions) unless approved by the Honors Scholar Committee. Also, only courses with three or more credits may count toward becoming an Honors Scholar.
Many Honors Scholar courses have prerequisites or co-requisites. Refer to individual course descriptions for specific details.
See the Honors Scholar Program.
Departmental Honors in the major are available in several disciplines for outstanding majors who have achieved distinction as determined by measures specific to the Departmental Honors Program. Students meeting the requirements for Departmental Honors have their transcript annotated.
For additional information and criteria regarding the Departmental Honors programs listed below, refer to the Academic Programs section of this catalog. Departmental Honors are currently available in the following disciplines:
School of Arts & Letters:
Art (Art History Track only)
Art: Studio Art
Modern Languages (except Russian)
Music with concentration in: Liberal Arts
Music with Emphasis Groups
School of Health Sciences & Education:
School of Sciences & Mathematics:
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
School of Social & Cultural Studies:
Philosophy and Religion
Political Science and International Relations