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 transcript designation; students may also earn:
All students who graduate with honors qualify for this transcript designation because of the research they must complete for their Honors in Practice work and capstone projects. Students must apply for this designation through the Office of Research (see link to application below).
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.
The University Honors Program offers its students the opportunity to ground their honors work in community-engaged learning activities. Focusing on both classroom learning and putting that learning into practice in the community, Community-Engaged 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 Community-Engaged Scholar communicates to future employers and/or graduate programs the student’s commitment to connecting academic work with specific service projects.
400 Hours of Community Service: Students must document community service through AggieSync. The Center for Community Engagement and the University Honors Program review this work. Honors students may count this service work toward up to two contracts (6 HONORS IN PRACTICE POINTS), providing that they complete contract forms with the Honors Program.
9 credits/points of Honors in Practice Course or Contract Work: All Honors Community-Engaged Scholars are encouraged to complete an Honors Think Tank seminar (3 POINTS) and at least TWO community-engaged honors contracts (3 POINTS each). Alternatively, students may complete service contracts and/or take community-engaged courses for a total of 9 credits/points. These points count toward the 9 Honors in Practice points suggested for sophomore and junior years in the Honors Program.
Honors Capstone: For their honors capstone projects, Community-Engaged Scholars must develop and implement a sustainable service project that addresses a community-identified need. Like other honors students, they enroll in a one-credit capstone proposal course before completing the project. The written part of the capstone project must be a community-engaged learning portfolio that documents all of the student’s community-engaged 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 capstone project.
In order to complete this work, students must first apply through the Center for Community Engagement to be a Community-Engaged 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 foreign language.
9 credits/points of Study Abroad or other Honors in Practice Work: All Global Engagement Scholars must complete 6 credits (or two contracts for 6 points) of course and/or internship work during at least one term abroad (fall, spring, or summer). Students earn the additional 3 credits/points in Honors in Practice work by completing a contract that explores and produces work on a specific topic of global concern.
Returning Traveler Presentation: The semester after returning from study abroad, Global Engagement Scholars must make to the honors community a 30-minute 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 may report in Canvas as a co-curricular activity any such presentations they attend, including their own).
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 enroll in a one-credit capstone proposal course before completing the project. The faculty mentor, any committee members, the Departmental Honors Advisor, and the 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 capstone proposal and completion forms submitted to the Honors Program.
Latin Scholastic Designations
USU-designated Latin Scholastic Distinctions at graduation are earned separately from University Honors, and are based solely on GPA, as follows:
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
More information regarding USU's academic distinctions can be found in the University Catalog.