General Requirements for Honors Graduates
Students who complete all of the following requirements and who fulfill the requirements of their chosen major will graduate with either University Honors or Collegiate Honors. Students who pursue the University Honors path and complete a senior honors thesis will earn University Honors and Honors in Major, the highest honor a University of Houston student can achieve. Students who enter the Honors College while writing a senior honors thesis graduate with Membership in the Honors College with Honors in Major.
- Achieve a 3.25 grade point average.
- Take (on average) one Honors course each semester.
- Complete between 21 and 36 hours of Honors coursework during the undergraduate career. Transfer students and students who enter the College after the freshman year complete approximately one third of their courses at the University of Houston for Honors credit. The number of Honors courses required for an individual student is determined by agreement between and Honors College advisor and the student.
- If graduating with Honors in Major, complete a senior honors thesis.
Special Requirements for Honors Distinctions
For students entering the Honors College from high school, a typical 36-hour Honors curriculum comprises the following:
|The Human Situation Sequence||10 credit hours|
|Honors American History||3 credit hours|
|Honors American Government||3 credit hours|
|Honors Social Science||3 credit hours|
|Honors Colloquium||3 credit hours|
|Honors Thesis courses (optional)*||6 credit hours|
|Other Honors courses (student selections)||9 credit hours|
Upper-division requirement in American Government
In lieu of taking POLS 1336 and POLS 1337, Honors students take POLS 1336H and an upper-division substitute course for POLS 1337. Additional specific information on which courses satisfy the upper-division POLS requirement can be found in the University catalog and the current Honors Coursebook. Honors students can elect to take their upper-level POLS substitute course in an Honors section, but are not required to do so.
Mathematics and Science Proficiency Requirement
University Honors students must also satisfy a proficiency requirement in mathematics, by taking at least one math course at the pre-calculus level or higher, and completing at least one science lab in one of the core science courses. Neither the math class nor the science lab must be an Honors course.
* students who complete the 36-hour curriculum and meet all other requirements without writing the senior honors thesis will graduate with University Honors.
The Collegiate Honors curriculum comprises ONE of the following:
|I. Honors Coursework (curricular option)|
|The Human Situation: Modernity||4 credit hours|
|Honors Colloquium||3 credit hours|
|Other Honors courses (student selections)||14 credit hours|
|II. Completion of an Honors minor in:|
|Center for Creative Work||18 credit hours, including Poetics and Performance|
|Medicine & Society||15 credit hours, including Readings in Medicine & Society|
|Phronesis: A Program in Politics and Ethics||19 credit hours, including The Human Situation: Modernity|
Honors in Major is an additional graduation designation available to students who earn 6 hours in Senior Honors Thesis credit 3399 and 4399. When it is earned in addition to one of the designations above, "with Honors in Major" is appended to the original designation.
Membership in the Honors College with Honors in Major
|Filing of Prospectus and Permission to Begin paperwork with the Office of Undergraduate Research|
|Honors Thesis courses||6 credit hours|
|Successful defense of the thesis|
The senior honors thesis forms the capstone of a student's work at the University of Houston. Interested students should begin considering thesis topics and considering professors to serve as thesis directors no later than the spring semester of the student's junior year. All students should begin the process by reviewing the senior honors thesis information found on the Office of Undergraduate Research's website.