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2013-2014 General Catalog (Spring 2014) 
2013-2014 General Catalog (Spring 2014) [ARCHIVED CATALOG Please see current catalog]

Honors Program

Director: Nicholas Morrison (Interim)
Location: Main 15
Phone: (435) 797-2715
FAX: (435) 797-3941

Honors Program Coordinator: Amber Summers-Graham, (435) 797-3790,

Undergraduate Program


Utah State University’s Honors Program, established in 1964, provides an enhanced academic environment for highly motivated undergraduates. The Honors Program cultivates a community of scholars whose curiosity, creativity, and enthusiasm for learning foster educational achievement and personal growth.

Honors offers students intensive seminars, experimental classes, interdisciplinary courses, writing projects, leadership opportunities, and special activities. Participants may define independent study programs and design special research projects. Honors students work in close contact with professors in smaller classes; they pursue studies in greater depth than regular classes would allow. Participants also enjoy the company of other committed students who encourage and support one another’s intellectual growth and productivity.

Honors serves students who work hard, raise questions, and seek answers. It is designed for students who want to go beyond minimum requirements and narrow specialties. The program benefits those who want to make the most of their university experience.

The Honors program maintains strict standards for both entering and completing its program. However, there are no extra fees to pay, and there are Honors options suitable for entering first-year students, continuing students, and transfer students. The most important criterion for success is a student’s motivation and dedication to learning.

Entrance to the Honors Program

The Utah State University Honors Program admits students based on application. The application includes an essay, a questionnaire on academic achievement, and a resume. The application is available on the Honors Program website:

Students will be selected on the basis of: (1) overall academic achievement and promise; (2) extra-curricular and leadership activities; and (3) an essay.

Current and transfer students are also invited to apply. There are Honors options appropriate for students with three to four semesters remaining in their degree programs. For an application, visit the Honors Program or visit the website at:

Participation in Honors

To be eligible for Honors, a student must have a GPA of at least 3.50 and must be admitted to the Honors Program. To see the current policy on staying active in Honors and Honors Probation, please see:

Honors Degrees

Utah State University offers Honors degrees designed to fill a variety of student needs. Students may work toward one of three degree options:

  1. Departmental Honors. Requires 15 semester credits as specified in a Departmental Honors plan, including a senior thesis/project.
  2. Departmental Honors with Honors in University Studies. Requires 27 semester credits including 12 credits from the Honors Course List and at least 15 credits, including Honors senior thesis/project credits, in an approved Departmental Honors Plan.
  3. University Honors. Requires 27 semester credits including at least 12 credits from the Honors Course List and as many as 15 credits, including Honors senior thesis/project credits, in an upperdivision plan of study that has been approved by the Honors Director.

Listing of Honors Courses

Class offerings change frequently. For the most complete list, see the Honors Course List available on the Honors Program website: