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Graduating with Honors

Honors certification for graduation is earned by successfully completing at least 25 hours of honors courses and achieving a 3.25 or higher cumulative GPA at the time of graduation. Students may pursue one of two tracks leading to graduation with honors: University Honors or University Honors with Thesis.

To attain "University Honors," with transcript/diploma notations, students complete 25 semester hours of honors courses that includes:

  • UNHP 1100
  • An approved Honors Experience in the junior year
  • An approved Honors Experience in the senior year
  • Achieve a cumulative 3.25 GPA or higher at the time of graduation and make a "B" or better in all honors courses.

The highest honor a student can achieve is "University Honors with Thesis," with transcript/diploma notations. To attain this honors designation, students complete 25 semester hours of honors courses that includes:

  • UNHP 1100
  • An approved Honors Experience in the junior year
  • An honors thesis in the senior year (3 semester hours)
  • Achieve a cumulative 3.25 GPA or higher at the time of graduation and make a "B" or better in all honors courses.

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Academics

Approximately 75 classes from a wide variety of disciplines are offered each semester, and most of these are 1000-2000 level courses that satisfy the University's General Education requirements or serve as introductory courses in the major. Honors courses offer an alternative to large lecture courses, and the class size is usually about 20 students.

Honors courses at The University of Memphis can be distinguished from regular courses in the expectations and abilities of the students, the role and involvement of the faculty, and the nature of the courses themselves. Honors courses are generally discussion-based classes that emphasize writing, problem-solving, critical and creative thinking, and a certain amount of intellectual risk-taking. Whenever possible, an integrative approach that links various disciplines to a common problem is encouraged.

Although honors courses are more challenging than regular courses, most students find that their grades in honors courses are equal to or higher than grades earned in regular courses. To enroll in honors classes, students must be accepted to the program and be classified as honors students in the university's registration system.