Honors Program Requirements

We tailor honors studies to each discipline, so requirements for honors coursework and the honors thesis vary from college to college. In most cases honors courses replace courses in the regular curriculum and do not add to the total number of hours required for graduation. For more information, explore the website for the honors program in your college.

Here are brief descriptions of honors program requirements for each college (click on the name of the college to access more detailed explanations of the requirements):

College of Education and Health Professions

The College of Education and Health Professions offers two forms of honors:

  • The College of Education and Health Profession Scholars program requires a minimum 24 hours of honors courses, 18 of which are to be taken from university honors courses outside of COEHP and 6 within COEHP, including the honors thesis tutorial and honors thesis.
  • The College of Education and health Professions Honors Program requires a minimum of 12 hours of honors courses, 6 of which are to be taken from university honors courses outside of COEHP and 6 within COEHP, including the honors thesis tutorial and honors thesis.

College of Engineering

Graduation with honors in the College of Engineering requires a minimum of 12 hours of honors courses, with at least 6 in engineering, plus an honors thesis. Individual departments require specific courses selected from a menu of courses within the major.

Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences

Graduation with honors in the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences requires a minimum of 15 hours honors coursework, including 9 hours of honors courses in Bumpers College and/or other colleges on campus, plus 6 hours of thesis/project credits.

Fay Jones School of Architecture

The Fay Jones School of Architecture offers two forms of honors:

  • The Distinguished Scholars program requires 38-40 hours, depending on major, drawn from university core honors courses, professional core honors courses, honors professional electives, and honors thesis project.
  • The Departmental Scholars program requires 18-20 hours, depending on major, professional core honors courses, professional electives, and honors thesis project.

J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences

The J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences offers two forms of honors:

  • Students in the Four Year Honors program take more than one-third of their coursework in honors, including the Four Year Scholars core, honors colloquia, and research hours, including the thesis. (See link for specifics.) Through coursework or examination students demonstrate proficiency in a language other than English (intermediate level). Entering freshmen are expected to participate in the Four Year Scholars program.
  • The Departmental Honors program emphasizes directed independent study with the student’s department. Students complete at least 12 hours of honors coursework, including the thesis. The Departmental Honors program is intended for students who enter honors after the first semester of their freshman year and students who transfer into the University with more than 24 hours.

Both college and departmental honors students must:

  • Fulfill the honors curriculum
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.50
  • Complete undergraduate research culminating in an honors thesis project

Sam M. Walton College of Business

The Sam M. Walton College of Business offers two forms of honors:

  • Walton Scholars complete 17 hours in honors courses from Walton College and University core as well as Calculus I and 15 honors hours in junior/senior level Walton College honors courses (2 honors colloquia, Honors Business Strategy and Planning, and thesis), and demonstrate proficiency in a language other than English (intermediate level).
  • Departmental Scholars complete 9 hours in honors courses from Walton College and University core as well as Calculus I and 15 honors hours in junior/senior level Walton College honors courses (2 honors colloquia, Honors Business Strategy and Planning, and thesis), and demonstrate proficiency in a language other than English (intermediate level).

Questions? Contact the honors program director in your college.