University Honors Program

Graduating from the Honors Program

University Honors Program students may graduate with either an Honors Degree or Honors Distinction.

Honors Degree

Honors students who complete 32 credits of Honors coursework earn Idaho's only Honors Degree, and therefore a unique diploma.

  • The Honors Degree is noted on the transcript and at commencement.
  • The Honors Degree requires:
    • 2 honors seminars (1 credit each),
    • at least 6 credits of upper division Honors contract courses (3 of which may be thesis credits),
    • and an Honors project or thesis.

Honors Distinction

Honors students who complete 19 credits of Honors coursework, including a 1 credit Honors seminar, graduate with an Honors Distinction. This is noted on the transcript and at commencement.


Degree Checklist

Student Progress

Students admitted to the Honors Program must show evidence of continuous progress toward their degrees. Honors students are expected to complete 12 Honors credits during their first year, and six Honors credits during their second year.


Minimum Credit Requirements for Honors Degree and Honors Distinction

Minimum Credit Requirements for Honors Degree and Honors Distinction

*Up to 3 credits of Honors thesis or departmental independent studies credit can count towards the 6 Upper Division Contract Course credits.


Map to Honors Degree

Year 1 and 2:

University Honors Program Students are expected to complete 12 honors credits during their first year in the program.

Additional courses commonly taken in Years 1 and 2:

Years 3 and 4

Learn More About Honors Curriculum and Courses

Last Modified: 11/09/2017

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