An honors degree demonstrates that you have gone above and beyond in your academic requirements, engaged with faculty, contributed to your field and embraced challenges.
Requirements to graduate from the University of Arizona with Honors include:
- A cumulative grade point average of 3.4 or higher at the time of graduation.
- Completion of honors courses.
- Completion and submission of an honors thesis/capstone.
Graduation with honors requires a cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher at the time of graduation. Students are not required to maintain that GPA every semester in order to maintain active standing in the Honors College, but must have a 3.4 at the time of graduation. Courses completed at other colleges and universities are not included in the university’s GPA.
Students are encouraged to track their GPA progress each semester in order to ensure they are on track for graduation with honors. The University of Arizona's A/B Deficit Calculator allows students to easily calculate the number of units of A needed in order to reach the 3.5 required for graduation. Please talk with your advisor or Honors Academic Advisor if you have questions about your "A deficit." Honors College staff members will be able to help you determine exactly what grades you'll need to earn in order to reach your target GPA.
Students who graduate with a cumulative GPA of 4.0 will be presented with the Silver Award at the Honors College Convocation ceremony.
Students who are admitted to the Honors College in their freshman year must complete a minimum 30 honors units in order to graduate with honors. Six of those units will be earned through the honors thesis/capstone, and two will be earned through the First Year Seminar and colloquium that are completed in the freshman year. The remaining 22 units will be completed through honors general education courses, honors courses in the major or minor honors research or individual studies, and elective courses.
Courses offered directly through the Honors College are special opportunities that are available exclusively to honors students. Additional honors credit options are offered through academic departments across campus and offer students a more specialized and engaging experience than what is available to non-honors students. Honors students are not required to take 30 units in addition to their other degree requirements; with careful planning, you can expect that the majority of your honors units will overlap with other course requirements for your degree.
Students who join the Honors College in the sophomore or junior year will need to complete a reduced number of honors credits, and will be exempt from the First Year Seminar and colloquium requirements.
Honors courses are designed to provide a qualitatively more engaging interdisciplinary experience for students but do not necessarily require a quantitatively greater amount of work. By taking honors courses, you will have the opportunity to work more closely with faculty, delve into the material at a deeper level, and collaborative with other motivated students. You will have the opportunity to develop your own honors pathway and to choose which requirements to fulfill with honors courses, but you are strongly encouraged to choose Honors College options when completing your general education requirements.
The Honors Senior Thesis/Capstone is the culmination of your participation in the Honors College at the University of Arizona. It is intended to be a personalized research experience in which you explore a concept while incorporating the knowledge or investigative techniques learned during your undergraduate career.