An honors degree
and an honors degree with distinction are the University of Delaware's most
comprehensive and enriching undergraduate degree experiences. An honors degree
recognizes a student's excellent performance in honors coursework in and
outside of their primary major. The honors degree with distinction recognizes a
student's completion of the research requirements for the degree with distinction
in addition to the successful pursuit of honors coursework throughout the
degree program. The complete requirements for an honors baccalaureate degree
are as follows:
I. The requirements
for the baccalaureate degree in the major (including all University and college
requirements), as well as any other specific requirements the major department
may set for the honors degree.
II. The general
requirements for an honors degree:
A. University of
Delaware cumulative grade-point index of at least 3.400 at the time of
B. At least 30
credits earned in honors courses.
Of these honors
1. At least 12 must
be in the major department or in closely related courses in collateral
disciplines specifically required for the major.
2. At least 12 must
be taken at the 300 level or higher, not including the first-year
interdisciplinary honors colloquium (which is usually numbered 390).
3. Three credits must be in an honors degree seminar or honors
capstone course experience approved by the student's major department and
the University honors program, to be completed in the
last 2 semesters of a student's degree program.
4. Plus additional honors
credits as needed to reach the 30 required honors credits.
III. Submission of
the Honors Degree Application Form to the University Honors Program by May 15
the year before a student is planning to graduate. A minimum grade of C-
is required in honors courses counting toward the honors degree. Honors
coursework taken pass-fail cannot count for the honors degree unless the course
is only offered pass-fail.
requirements for an honors baccalaureate degree with distinction are as
I. The complete
requirements for the honors baccalaureate degree (see above).
II. Six credits of honors
thesis or project (UNIV 401/UNIV 402) and the successful oral presentation of
an acceptable thesis or project to a committee of faculty approved by the major
department, the honors program, and the undergraduate research program.
A. Six credits of honors
thesis may be counted as part of the 30 honors credits required for the honors degree.
B. Completion of
any additional specifications for the thesis or project set by the major
department. A minimum grade of C- is required in honors courses counting
toward the honors degree with distinction. Honors coursework taken pass-fail
cannot count for the honors degree with distinction unless the course is only