Honors may be earned in a student’s major field by completing the major with a GPA of at least 3.5 (departments may stipulate a higher figure) and by completing a senior honors project or honors work in a senior seminar.
In the spring semester of the junior year, students with cumulative GPAs of at least 3.5 in their majors are invited to submit proposals for senior honors projects. Those students who choose to do so prepare and submit detailed project proposals to the project advisors, department heads, and the director of college honors. Approved projects carry four credits, are arranged by the student and advisor, and are completed in the senior year.
The senior honors project is evaluated by a review committee consisting of the advisor, a faculty member from the major department, and a faculty member from another department. The project must earn a grade of A or A- to receive credit for honors; if a grade below A- is earned, it is recorded as a senior project.
Many departments recognize special achievement within a particular discipline; the conveyance of these honors varies by department but may include recognition ceremonies, scholarships, and monetary awards.