University of Iowa

Honors in the major is awarded to students who make their connection within a field of study by collaborating with faculty on research and creative work. This scholarly activity must culminate in a capstone project or experience that is submitted to the major department.

Each major identifies the requirements to graduate with honors and appoints an Honors Advisor from the department to guide you through the process and verify satisfactory completion of the requirements upon graduation.

Step 1

Meet specific requirements set by your major or college. Contact your Honors Advisor to begin the process.

Step 2

Apply to graduate through MyUI.

Step 3

Complete an Honors Thesis Submission Agreement and submit your thesis/project to the online repository.*

Students need to:

  1. Turn in your signed “Honors Thesis Submission Agreement” to the Honors front desk in 420 BHC (available Monday-Friday 8-5PM)
  2. If you DO want your thesis to be published you will need to:
    1. Mark “yes” and sign the publishing agreement section of the form.
    2. Submit your thesis to the repository.
  3. If you DO NOT want it to be published you will need to:
    1. You will need to mark off “no” in the publishing agreement section of the form.
    2. You will NOT submit your thesis to the repository.

*You do not have to be a member of the University Honors Program in order to complete honors in your major and not all majors require a thesis/project. Contact your Honors Advisor with questions.


Students who have earned honors in their major will be announced at commencement, and the designation will be noted on their transcript and diploma. If you are walking early (see Early Participation on the Registrar's website) you must have completed your major's requirements for honors at the time of commencement participation to receive your cordons.

A statement of Honors in the Major is recognized by the college in which you are earning your major. General information about Honors the Major, and links for specific collegiate requirements can be found here.

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