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. 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.

Honors in the major is based on the college and department you are earning your degree from. Information on honors in the major for each undergraduate degree granting college can be found at:

There is no distinct universal application for graduating with honors in the major. It is associated with your degree application. Information on the Degree Application process can be found here. Questions about your eligibility to graduate with honors in the major should be directed to your department or college.

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. Ensure your academic advisor knows you are Pursuing Honors in the Major and then indicate this on your degree application. 

Graduation

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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