Academic points represent the intellectual capital cultivated by students through disciplinary depth, interdisciplinary competency, and other scholarly pursuits and recognition.

The following is a basic overview of academic point opportunities. Please see your Honors Cohort in Canvas for detailed information about points, limitations/restrictions, and documentation requirements.

Activities worth 1 Academic Point:

  • Complete a 1 or 2-credit Honors course
  • Apply for a nationally competitive scholarship or fellowship
  • Accept membership in Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, Tau Beta Pi, or Beta Gamma Sigma
  • Publish in a refereed undergraduate journal 
  • Complete an academic minor or certificate
  • Present at a regional academic conference or academic case study competition
  • Serve as an undergraduate teaching assistant
  • Complete the International Scholars Program  
  • Complete year 1 of the University Research Scholars Program
  • Complete the Humanities Scholars Program
  • Complete the Intersections Scholars Program

Activities worth 2 Academic Points

  • Complete a 3+ credit Honors course
  • Complete a graduate course
  • Publish in a refereed professional journal
  • Complete multiple majors
  • Participate in faculty-mentored undergraduate research
  • Present at an inter/national academic conference or academic case study competition

Activities worth 3 Honors points

  • Complete an Honors thesis/portfolio to graduate magna cum laude or summa cum laude
  • Complete the CALS Honors Scholars Certificate (limited to CALS majors)

Please note that IDH 4912/4917 Honors Research, IDH 4905 Independent Study, and IDH 4940 Internships do not count as Honors courses for completion requirements. Rather, they serve as proof on your transcript of completing research and internship activities. 

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