Honors Degree Options
1. The University Honors Scholar:
Completion of 18 credit hours of Honors coursework--at least 6 hours of which must
be upper-division coursework.
2. The Departmental Honors Scholar:
Completion of 6 hours of enriched upper-division coursework or directed study.
To earn either a University Honors Scholar Degree or a Departmental Honors Scholar Degree, students must have minimum graduation GPA of 3.2. The following sliding scale applies
as students move towards graduation:
- First-year students must attain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 by the end of the spring
term. A first-year student is classified as any student with 0 - 29 hours of credit.
- Second-year students must attain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 by the end of the spring
term. A second-year student is classified as any student between 30 - 59 credit hours.
- Third-year students must attain a cumulative GPA of 3.1 by the end of the spring term.
A third-year student is classified as any student between 60 - 89 credit hours.
- Fourth-year students must attain a cumulative GPA of 3.2. by the end of the spring
term. A fourth-year student is classified as any student who has over 90 credit hours.
Students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.4 to graduate from the Honors Program.
Honors Project: Students must complete an Honors Project and presentation. In addition, students
are required to submit a final paper that is bound and placed in the library.
Probation: The Director of the Honors Program or a designee will examine GPAs at the end of
the spring semester for minimum GPA purposes. Students whose grades fall below the
required GPA will be placed on probation for the fall semester. Students on probation
must raise their grades to the correct cumulative average by the end of the fall semester
or they will be dropped from the program.
Appeals Process: Individual students who have been dropped, but who feel that their work has been
solid and who feel they can succeed at bringing their grade point average up by the
end of the following semester may bring an appeal to the Honors Committee asking that
they not be dropped from the program.
(Notice, the Honors Committee will only review student cases IF students bring an
appeal to them. They will not automatically review every case where students are dropped
after a probationary period.)
The Honors Appeal should be no longer than one typed page. It should address the following
- Why you, the student, feel you should not be dropped from the program. Here you may
address significant academic improvement that shows your effort even though you haven't
reached the guidelines. You may also discuss your involvement within the Honors Program.
- Your precise plans for improving your current GPA. What changes will you make in
study habits and what help will you seek to improve your current GPA?
- You should also include the names of two faculty members who are willing to act as
references to support your continuation within the Honors Program. Please talk to
these faculty members first to ensure you have their approval to use their names.
Please supply phone numbers and e-mail addresses for your references
Student appeals should be turned in to the Honors Director on or before the 31 st
of January in order to give the Honors Committee plenty of time to make a decision.