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Honors Program Requirements 

In order to graduate from the Honors Program, please view the requirements by Honors Program entry term.

 

Please note, for Internal Admit students, the year you entered Honors is your first full academic year in the program.  For 2205 applicants, please see the 2021-2022 curriculum.

 

2021-2022 

Students complete the Honors Program by earning the equivalent of 15 credits of honors work, and a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 by the time they graduate, in addition to annual complementary learning requirements. However, we use the word "points" instead of "credits" because there are ways to do honors-level work outside the classroom (see below).  Please make a note that we expect at least 1 point of Honors work each year.  Honors Achievements A and B are set in place for you and must be completed in a certain way. However, you have another 9 Points worth of Honors Achievements that can be filled in a combination of different options as is noted below:

  • Honors Achievement A: General Education (3 points)
    • Completion of the First-Year Honors Seminar or internal admission waiver
  • Honors Achievement B: Honors in the Discipline (3 points)
    Students in the Honors Program develop an extra layer of depth in their chosen fields by doing honors-level work in their home programs, accelerating themselves toward the frontiers of knowledge, culture, and technology while engaging in positive, collegial relationships with faculty mentors. This should be completed in your final two years in the Honors Program.

    Students can fulfill this requirement in several ways: 
    • Research in your discipline, supervised by a faculty mentor
    • Complete a graduate course in your discipline
      • Such a course must carry at least 3 credits, and cannot be on the list of excluded courses.
    • Complete an upper-division Honors Course in your program (3 or more credits)
    • Complete an Honors Option in an upper-division course in your program
      • Such a course must carry at least 3 credits and must be at the 300-level or above
      • You must give a public presentation or exhibition of your work, and produce a high-quality written report about it, approved by your faculty mentor as demonstrating the substance and quality expected of undergraduate, honors-level work in the discipline. Written reports that are otherwise unpublished will be posted at RIT Scholar Works.
  • Additional Honors Achievements (9 points) 
    Students can complete the rest of their Honors points in a number of ways. Students can complete any number of these options, provided that they earn a total of 9 Points from some combination of the below options. For more information, please click on the following links which contain information about the options:
      • Non-Required Co-ops & Internships
      • International Experiences
    • Research (once your Honors in Discipline has been completed)

2020-2021

Students complete the Honors Program by earning 15 points and a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 by the time they graduate, in addition to annual complementary learning requirements. The points must be earned in the following way:

2019-2020

Your requirements have not changed, but we are changing the way that we record your progress (in order to make the system easier to administer, and more flexible for you). 

 

Students complete the Honors Program by earning 15 points and a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 by the time they graduate, in addition to annual complementary learning requirements. The points must be earned in the following way:

2018-2019

Your requirements have not changed, but we are changing the way that we record your progress (in order to make the system easier to administer, and more flexible for you). 

 

Students complete the Honors Program by earning 15 points and a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 by the time they graduate, in addition to annual complementary learning requirements. The points must be earned in the following way:

2017-2018

Your requirements have not changed, but we are changing the way that we record your progress (in order to make the system easier to administer, and more flexible for you). 

 

Students complete the Honors Program by earning 15 points and a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 by the time they graduate, in addition to annual complementary learning requirements. The points must be earned in the following way:

2016-2017 or prior

 

For an example of what a submission of points would look like, please follow this link: How to Submit Points 

GPA Requirement by Year Level:

Year Level

GPA

1

3.2

2

3.3

3

3.4

4

3.5

5

3.5


First-year students measuring the flow rate of Oatka Creek, a process known as stream gaging, during a field trip with their Honors First Year Seminar