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Departmental Honors

The Departmental Honors Program provides qualified students the opportunity to complete a two-semester, six-credit research project under the supervision of a faculty advisor. Each Honors project culminates in a thesis and oral defense. Completing an Honors project can be one of the most academically rewarding experiences of a student's undergraduate career.

A number of departments award only one level of Honors (rather than Honors, High and Highest). For Honors students in the class of 2020, these departments are:
Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, English, Film & Media Studies, Government, Linguistics, International Relations, Kinesiology and Health Sciences, Mathematics, Neuroscience, Physics, Psychological Sciences, Public Policy, and Sociology.

Students can also generate funds to support pre-honors summer research for their Departmental Honors project by completing an Honors Fellowship. Students are eligible for up to $6,000.

Learn more about Honors Fellowships

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A Note on Latin Honors

To recognize outstanding academic achievement, the College awards degrees summa cum laude (overall grade point average >3.80), magna cum laude (>3.65), and cum laude (>3.50). This honor is noted on the student’s diploma and on the academic transcript, and is unrelated to completion of a departmental Honors project.