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USU Honors Program Requirements

Students must earn at least 28 Honors points by successfully completing courses and documenting "Honors in Practice" work and co-curricular activities, as outlined below:


9 to 12 POINTS
 recommended, usually in the second and third years

Students may complete any combination of the following options:

  • Honors Think Tank seminars (3 POINTS) fulfill USU General Education depth requirements and may count toward either core course requirements (see above) or Honors in Practice requirements, depending on student needs.
  • Contracts with faculty for academic work outside the classroom (3 POINTS each) or Honors Book Labs (1 POINT each)
  • Study abroad or internships (up to 6 POINTS for experiences either taken for credit OR structured as non-credit contract work)


4 POINTS
, completed through coursework in the final 3-4 semesters

Students must complete both of the following capstone requirements, which do not also count toward core course requirements:

  • HONR 3900: 1-credit, pre-thesis/capstone class that requires students to write and submit an honors capstone proposal (1 POINT)
  • 3-credit honors capstone course (3 POINTS) resulting in the capstone project (3 POINTS)


6 POINTS
, earned by reporting in Canvas on approved co-curricular events (1.5 POINTS annually)

Students may meet these requirements in the following ways:

  • Use weekly emails from Honors to identify approved events
  • Attend and report in Canvas on at least three events annually (one each semester, plus one additional event -- 1/2 POINT per reported event). Students must submit their written reflections on events IN THE TERM OF ATTENDANCE (fall event requires fall upload of assignment). 

All students must meet the following requirements to remain in good standing with the University Honors Program:

  • Mandatory department/college and Honors advising each term for first-year students and annually thereafter; students enjoy priority registration ONLY if they have met with both their department/college advisor and the honors advisor BEFORE registration begins
  • Earning at least a B+ in ENGL 2010 or equivalent course, to ensure writing competency before capstone requirement
  • Maintain at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA to graduate with honors (NOTE: To ensure success, the Honors Program issues academic warnings to students whose semester GPA falls into the 3.3-3.5 range; we remind these students of honors graduation requirements and offer additional advising as necessary. Students who earn a semester GPA between 2.5-3.29 are put on honors academic probation and have one semester to improve. Students who do not earn at least a 3.3 GPA during that probation semester become academically ineligible for the University Honors Program. Any student whose semester GPA drops below 2.5 immediately becomes academically ineligible for the Honors Program. Academically ineligible students may petition to be readmitted to Honors by contacting honors@usu.edu.

Transfer or Existing USU Students

Transfer or existing USU students may apply to the University Honors Program if they have time remaining at USU to complete all honors requirements (usually 4 semesters). There will be time during those four semesters to earn 9 Honors in Practice points, 4 capstone points, and at least 3 co-curricular points (16 points total).  In addition, these students can earn 3 of the honors core course requirements by documenting that they have passed ENGL 2010 (or equivalent) with at least a B grade. They must make up the additional 9 points through a combination of the following options:

Credit for Past Work: Students should list on their extracurricular resumes previous college work in honors courses, service projects, internships, research, and study abroad. Previous honors course credits transfer directly; academic work outside the classroom typically earns 3 points per 20 hours (please indicate clearly on your resume the amount of time spent on each activity).

Credit for Present Work: Students may attend and report additional co-curricular activities during their final four semesters and/or complete additional Honors in Practice contract work.

While it is possible to complete the program this way, the benefits of a four-year honors experience are the regular opportunities to create social and professional connections with peers, professors, and alumni; the individualized academic attention in smaller General Education classes; and the special programs that allow honors students to pursue Service-Learning Scholar, Global Engagement Scholar, and Undergraduate Research transcript designations.