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Requirements Prior to Fall 2016

These requirements are for current KU students who began the program prior to Fall 2016. Students who began the program in Fall 2016 or later can find their requirements here.

To complete the University Honors program, you must finish 8 honors units, a first-year honors seminar (or current/transfer honors seminar) and have a minimum 3.25 GPA in courses at KU (your KU GPA rather than the KU+Transfer GPA).

Breakdown of the 8 Honors Units

  1. Honors Courses Requirement (minimum of 6 courses): Must be fulfilled by completing:  Honors Courses, Graduate Level Courses (700-level course or above), Less Commonly Taught Language (maximum 2 courses count towards completion), Honors Course Contract (300-level course or above, maximum 2 contracts count towards completion), and/or Departmental Honors Courses.
    The freshman honors seminar (or current/transfer honors seminar) is a separate requirement and does not count towards this requirement.
  2. Honors Experiences Requirement (minimum of 1 experience): Must consist of the following Honors Experiences:  study abroad, departmental honors, documented research experience, approved and documented internship experience, or approved and documented community service. Please email honors@ku.edu for your experience to count towards Honors Completion. For questions about fulfilling this requirement, call 785-864-4225.
  3. The 8th unit may be fulfilled with either an Honors Course or Honors Experience.

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