Distinction in the Major

You can graduate with distinction in your major by completing twelve credit hours of honors coursework in your field. It is an enriching experience that can give you a competitive edge when you make application for prestigious fellowships and awards or apply to graduate school. Completion of the distinction program honors is NOT required for graduation from the Honors College.

Students wishing to graduate with honors in their major should do the following:

  • Have a clear career goal. Do you wish to go on to graduate school or into the job market? Are you hoping to earn a distinguished award or fellowship?
  • Determine your specific areas of interest so that you have a focus for your honors classes in your major and your senior project. For example, an English major might wish to focus on 19th century English literature or the collected works of a particular poet.
  • Meet with your academic advisor to discuss your plan. Also meet with, in turn, faculty members who will oversee your departmental honors work, including your senior project.
  • Obtain the necessary forms for the coursework and distinction project from the Honors College Office. Get the necessary signatures of approval from your advisor, faculty members involved, and department head and return the form to the Honors College for the signature of the Director.

Distinction in the Major Option (minimum 12 hours)

Students who complete the Core Curriculum have the opportunity to continue their honors studies and to earn Distinction in the Major by self-designing a rigorous program of course work culminating in a final distinction project. Students must complete a minimum of 12 hours of honors course work in their major, including a minimum of 3 hours of UHC 499 Honors Distinction Project. Students may propose appropriate combinations of the following courses:

  1. UHC 396 Honors Independent Study (1-3 hours);
  2. UHC 398 Honors Undergraduate Research (1-3 hours);
  3. UHC 410 Senior Honors Seminar (3 hours);
  4. UHC 499 Honors Distinction Project (3-4 hours)

    *Students who have completed the General Honors Core Curriculum may double-count one section of UHC 396, UHC 398, or UHC 410 towards the Distinction in the Major requirements.

    Students interested in earning Distinction in the Major must complete a course and project proposal under the guidance of a faculty member in their major department. The proposal must be approved by the Department Head for the major and by the Director of the Honors College before a student may register for honors course sections. Distinction proposals must be approved prior to the beginning of a student’s senior year.

    The Honors Distinction Project must be submitted to the Honors College on the final day of classes prior to a student’s graduation.

    Students who complete all General Honors Core Curriculum requirements, all Distinction in the Major requirements, and earn a final institutional GPA of 3.25 or higher are eligible to graduate from the Honors College after they satisfy all other University degree requirements. Final transcripts and diplomas will include the notation "Bachelor of _______ (with possible grade point honors such as cum laude, magna cum laude, summa cum laude) in the Honors College with Distinction in ______."

Find more information and the appropriate registration forms on our Worksheets and Forms page.