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Although each has minimum GPA requirements, the primary emphasis is on the successful completion of an undergraduate degree program including a Senior Honors Thesis or Project.
The rigorous standards of performance required for Graduation with University Honors make this the highest recognition the university can bestow on a graduating senior. Students complete 24 hours of coursework and an additional six hours of thesis work, producing a creative or investigative thesis in their discipline.
This designation applies to students who have come into the Honors Program specifically to create a thesis project. Students complete six hours of coursework investigating and writing a thesis. The thesis can be creative or can be investigative depending on the student's interests and departmental guidelines.
Honors experience each semester, 24 credit hours of coursework, no thesis. Designation of Honors Scholar.
In the case of students completing a thesis, three thesis hours are suggested in the junior year to investigate the idea and create a basis for the work, including writing the Prospectus and submitting a bibliography. The thesis must be completed and defended by about the middle of the spring semester to give time for any revisions and printing.
Members of the Honors Program must maintain a 3.25 cumulative GPA to remain in good academic standing with the program.