Apr 17, 2024  
2008-2010 Undergraduate Catalog 

University Honors

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Students admitted to the honors college may choose to participate in university honors, department honors, or both.

Students in university honors are required to complete a minimum of 31 credits of HON-prefixed courses. Students entering university honors directly from high school can satisfy most of the requirements in the honors core curriculum with honors courses. Students who enroll after entering UNLV or who transfer to UNLV may apply some of their regular courses toward the honors core but must still meet the 31-credit HON requirement and the requirements in the core.

Students transferring from other honors programs or colleges can petition to have up to six credits of honors courses earned at the previous institution applied towards the 31-credit requirement. Although advanced placement credits earned by scoring a four or five can be used to replace certain honors courses, those credits do not count toward the 31-credit HON minimum.

Honors Core Requirements:

Students must fulfill the honors core requirements in order to become University Honors Scholars. The honors core curriculum replaces and satisfies the university’s general education core requirements. Although some courses designated as HON courses may be waived, students need to complete at least 31 credits of HON-designated courses in order to graduate as University Honors Scholars.


Degree Requirements

Total Credits: 50-57

One seminar can be replaced by an appropriate 700-level course from a department other than the student’s major. Students who participate in one of UNLV’s semester abroad programs or a National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) honors seminar may replace one honors seminar for each semester off campus. Students must take at least two HON 400 H seminars, and replaced seminars do not count toward the 31-credit minimum.

Multidisciplinary Studies Program

This program is designed for students participating in university honors who have educational goals that cannot be met by the usual majors on campus. The multidisciplinary study degree track of the Honors College consists of three distinct pieces: the Honors College core curriculum explained above, two 24-credit concentrations, and 12 additional credits of honors seminars.

The 24-credit concentrations must be in two distinct disciplines. At least nine credits in each discipline must be at the 300-level or higher. The disciplines are thematic concentrations and not necessarily 24 credits with a single prefix. The honors senior project HON 498–499 H may, if acceptable to the faculty mentor and the dean of the Honors College, count toward one of the discipline-related concentrations. This program requires at least 124 credits, with a minimum of 42 credits of 300-level or higher courses. No course can be used to satisfy more than one of the above three categories.

Students must have an overall UNLV GPA of at least 3.30 and an honors GPA of at least 3.00 to graduate with an honors multidisciplinary studies degree. If a student meets the multidisciplinary studies minimum GPA but not that of the Honors College, that student would earn a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies degree without the honors designation. Only courses in which a student has earned a C or better can be used to satisfy honors requirements.

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