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University Honors Program
University Honors Program
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The University Honors Program is a student-centered place of connection for undergraduate education across the University; a place where our community can come together to innovate, create, lead, and serve; a place that challenges high-ability students to be bold, unconventional thinkers.
This program is available:
A GPA above 2.0 is preferred for the following:
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
All students in baccalaureate degree programs are required to complete general University and college requirements including writing and liberal education courses. For more information about University-wide requirements, see the liberal education requirements. Required courses for the major, minor or certificate in which a student receives a D grade (with or without plus or minus) do not count toward the major, minor or certificate (including transfer courses).
Students admitted to the University Honors Program (UHP) must fulfill UHP requirements, as well as degree program requirements. For any course required in a degree program, UHP students are expected to register for the honors version of courses associated with their discipline, when offered. These courses are designed to meet degree and UHP requirements. To remain in the honors program, students must maintain a grade point average of 3.5 and successfully pass mid-program evaluation.
UHP is a student-centered place of connection for undergraduate education across the University; a place where our community can come together to innovate, create, lead, and serve; a place that challenges high-ability students to be bold, unconventional thinkers. NEXUS One serves to provide a guided platform for this experience across all disciplines.
UHP NEXUS One Experience
All Honors students must participate in a UHP NEXUS One Experience cohort.
General Honors Requirements
Beyond the first and final-year requirements, students must also complete three (3) additional Honors courses, one (1) of which must be an Honors seminar or Grand Challenge course, and five (5) additional Honors experiences (course or non-course). These eight (8) total requirements may be completed at any time once the student has officially matriculated into an undergraduate degree program at the University of Minnesota.
Three Honors Courses
Three Honors courses (H or V); each must be a minimum of 2 credits and one must be either an Honors Seminar (HSEM) or Grand Challenge Course (GCC).
Five additional Honors Experiences (course or non-course)
Additional courses-beyond 3-required (H or V - minimum of 2 credits); Non-course experiences including faculty-sanctioned mentor-supervised independent work of at least 45 hours e.g. faculty-directed research or creative activity, internship, Honors courses abroad or abroad experiences with the OLPD3330H add-on, UROP, UHP NEXUS Experiences, finalist status in a National/International Scholarship competition.
Final Year - Thesis and Thesis Supporting Coursework
The honors education culminates in the writing of an honors thesis. Through this thesis, students demonstrate mastery of their field of study, along with the ability to think creatively and independently.
Students must successfully complete the supporting or capstone Honors coursework required by their program, college, or UHP, minimum one-semester, one-credit course. Programs or colleges may require more than one semester of coursework—including thesis-preparation or research coursework before the senior year. The course option is determined by major in which the thesis work is completed.
The Honors Thesis
Students must submit documentation of the final thesis/project approved by all three committee members.