There are many transcript designations available to honors students based on their interests and accomplishments. Every student who successfully completes the University Honors Program requirements will earn a University Honors designation on their transcript, but students may also earn:
All students who graduate with honors qualify for this transcript designation because of the research they are required to complete for their practical application work and capstone projects. Students must apply for this designation through the Office of Research and Graduate Studies (see below for link to application).
All honors students seeking the Undergraduate Research transcript designation must 1) complete a minimum of two semesters of undergraduate research, scholarship, or creative activity supervised by a faculty member, 2) present their work through a recognized venue (Student Research Symposium, UCUR, NCUR, a professional conference in the field of study, etc.), and 3) complete the application for this transcript designation through the Office of Research and Graduate Studies.
The University Honors Program offers its students the opportunity to ground their honors work in service-learning activities. Focusing on both academic understanding and practical application, Service-Learning Scholars are students who have used the skills learned in their disciplines to think deeply and to engage thoughtfully with local and global problems. The resulting transcript designation of Service-Learning Scholar communicates to future employers and/or graduate programs the student’s commitment to integrating learning with specific service projects.
400 Hours of Community Service: Students must use Aggies Giving Service to document their community service, which is then reviewed each semester by the Service-Learning and Honors Program offices. Honors students may count this service work toward up to two contracts, providing that they complete contract forms with the Honors Program.
9 credits/points of Practical Application Course or Contract Work: All Honors Service-Learning Scholars are encouraged to complete a year-long Think Tank course (6 credits) and at least one service-oriented contract. Alternatively, students may complete service contracts and/or take service-learning courses for a total of 9 credits/points. All such credit counts toward the nine Practical Application points required sophomore and junior years in the Honors Program.
Capstone Project: For their honors capstone projects, Service-Learning Scholars must develop and implement a sustainable service project that addresses a community-identified need. Like other honors students, they will enroll in a one-credit capstone proposal course before completing the capstone project. The written part of the capstone project is a Service-Learning Portfolio that documents all of the student’s service-learning experiences at USU and reflects specifically and in detail on the relationship between the capstone project and the student’s academic discipline. For honors students, this reflective writing must be substantial and meet the requirements of an honors thesis.
In order to complete this work, students must first apply through the Center for Civic Engagement and Service-Learning to be a Service-Learning Scholar, usually while they still have at least four semesters remaining before graduation.
The University Honors Program offers its students the opportunity to ground their honors work in topics of global concern. Focusing on both academic understanding and practical application, Global Engagement Scholars are students who have learned to think deeply and to engage thoughtfully with the international issues that shape their disciplines. The resulting transcript designation of Global Engagement Scholar communicates to future employers and/or graduate programs the student’s commitment to international communication and understanding.
To earn the Global Engagement Scholar transcript designation, students must meet the following requirements:
Foreign Language Competence: Students must complete two years of coursework (or equivalent competency testing) in a second language.
9 credits/points of Study Abroad or other Practical Application Work: All Global Engagement Scholars must complete six credits (or two contracts for six honors points) of course work and/or internship work during at least one term abroad (fall, spring, or summer). Students earn the additional three credits/points in honors practical application work by completing a contract that explores and produces work on a specific topic of global concern.
Returning Traveler Presentation: The semester of their return from study abroad, Global Engagement Scholars must present to the honors community a 30-minute PowerPoint presentation outlining a specific international issue that informed their study abroad and articulating how that issue has extended and shaped their academic study here at USU. (NOTE: students’ own presentations—as well as any peer presentations they attend—may each be reported as one co-curricular activity).
Honors Capstone: The final capstone project must demonstrate substantial engagement with global issues in the student’s discipline. Like other honors students, Global Engagement Scholars will enroll in a one-credit capstone proposal course before completing the capstone project. The faculty mentor, any committee members, Departmental Honors Advisor, and Honors Program Director must approve not only the capstone proposal itself but also its Global Engagement emphasis.
Students indicate interest in this designation on contract and thesis/capstone proposal and completion forms through the Honors Program.
Latin Scholastic Designations
USU designated Latin Scholastic Distinctions at graduation are:
Summa Cum Laude Magna Cum Laude Cum Laude
3.950 to 4.000 GPA 3.800 to 3.949 GPA 3.500 to 3.799 GPA