The Catholic University of America

Honors Program Requirements

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In order to graduate with honors, a student must be in good standing at the time of graduation and complete at least one of the sequences outlined on our curriculum page.  For further information about graduating with honors or becoming a University Scholar, please see our recognition page.

Students with GPAs lower than a 3.5 will not receive track honors at graduation.  In order to remain in the University Honors Program, students must maintain this 3.5 GPA throughout their enrollment.  Students who maintain a GPA of 3.2-3.49 are considered on probation.  These students may remain in the UHP, but will not receive Honors at the time of graduation.
 
 
Do I need to balance Honors requirements with my major and minor?
Honors Program Students must keep up with the requirements of their major(s) and minor(s). Honors Program courses often overlap with degree requirements and sometimes for courses in a given major.
 
What requirements can Honors courses fulfill?
Many Honors courses can fulfill distribution requirements or requirements in particular majors. Click here for a complete list of course equivalencies.
 
Is attendance at Honors events required?
It is not a requirement for a student to participate in Honors Program events but it is strongly encouraged as the events add much to the communal aspect of our program.
 
How much harder are Honors courses?
It depends. Some courses are quite challenging, while others are similar to non-Honors courses, but with Honors students and Honors faculty. Experience has shown that even when courses are easy, strong students will under perform, because they are not engaged. On the other hand, they generally rise to the occasion when motivated and challenged.
 
Will taking Honors courses make my GPA suffer?
Maybe, but we take this into account. When you graduate, your GPA will be adjusted for the purposes of Latin Honors (cum laude, magna cum laude, summa cum laude).
 
 
How do I get Honors courses to fit into my schedule?
This is best handled on a case-by-case basis, and we can help you with this during your Honors advising sessions. Planning in advance is always a good idea and, remember, Honors courses can often be substituted for courses you need to take.
 
Students receive regular credit for all of the courses they take in the Honors program. Depending on the school and major, Honors courses may fulfill distribution requirements, substitute for courses in their major, or count as free electives.
 
For more details about department requirements, visit your school's home page:

It is not a requirement for a student to participate in Honors Program events but it is strongly encouraged as the events add much to the communal aspect of our program. See our events calendar for upcoming Honors events.