Sep 27, 2021  
2012-2014 Undergraduate Catalog 


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Program Requirements

Students in the Honors College participate in the University Honors program or Department Honors program, or both.

University Honors

The University Honors program is designed to complement and enhance every major at UNLV and is an excellent alternative to UNLV’s general education core requirements. This program is primarily designed for incoming freshmen but can accommodate transfer and continuing students.

Students transferring from other honors programs or colleges can petition to have up to six honors credits earned at the previous institution applied towards the 31-credit HON prefix requirement. Although credits earned by an Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate can be used to satisfy certain honors core requirements, those credits do not count toward the 31-credit HON prefix requirement.

Honors Core Requirements:

Students in the University Honors Program must fulfill all Honors core requirements, which replace and satisfy the university’s general education requirements. Although some Honors core requirements may be satisfied by non-HON courses, students need to complete at least 31 credits of HON-designated courses in order to complete the University Honors requirements.

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 complete a minimum of HON 400 H seminars, and replaced seminars do not count toward the 31-credit minimum.

        Department Honors

Students in Department Honors take 400 H seminars and complete a six-credit honors thesis/project during their senior year (HON 498 H and 
HON 499 H). Many of the seminars can be used to satisfy general education core requirements in social science, humanities, or fine arts. The 
thesis/project may satisfy elective credits in the student’s department.


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. Students who do not meet the Honors College minimum GPAs will earn a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies degree without the honors designation provided that they meet the minimum GPA requirement stated for that degree. Only courses in which a student has earned a C or better can be used to satisfy honors requirements.

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