Graduation Requirements

In order to graduate with Honors College distinction from UWG, students must:

  • UWG Honors College course requirements are based on credit hours completed or transferred in to UWG at the time of the student’s application and semester of entry into the program.  See the Honors College Course requirements listed below.

  • Submit an e-portfolio (This will be produced through HONR prefix required courses)

  • Participate in undergraduate research.

  • Submit and have approved an Honors Thesis Proposal in the second semester of your Junior year (between 75 and 90 credit hours).

  • Submit an Honors Thesis prior to the week of finals in the semester of your graduation (see Honors Student Handbook for specifics about the Honors Thesis).

  • Have at least a 3.2 Overall GPA

Review the checklist of Honors College Graduation Criteria. Students should complete the checklist and submit to the Honors College Office the semester of graduation.

For graduation requirements and the checklist for students that were admitted to the Honors College prior to Fall 2018, click here

Course Requirements

  • Incoming First-Year Students

    The Honors College course requirements for incoming first-year students with fewer than 15 credit hours of earned college credit have the following requirements:

    • Complete XIDS 2002 WDYKA the Honors College, HONR 2102, HONR 3102, HONR 4102 for a total of 5 credit hours. (XIDS 2002 may be waived with approval of the Honors Dean, but student will need an additional 2 hours of Honors Course Credit)
    • Complete at least 24 additional hours of Honors course credit, including at least 6 hours at the 3000/4000 level. At least 6 hours should also be regular Honors Courses, not Honors Conversions.

    Note, scores of 4 or higher on AP exams and scores of 6 or higher on IB exams will count for Honors course credit.

    Students with at least 15 college credit hours will have the following course requirements:

    Students Entering with 15-29 Credit Hours:

    • Complete HONR 2102, HONR 3102, HONR 4102
    • Complete at least 24 additional hours of Honors course credit, including at least 6 hours at the 3000/4000 level.  At least 6 hours should also be regular Honors Courses, not Honors Conversions.

    Note, scores of 4 or higher on AP exams and scores of 6 or higher on IB exams will count for Honors course credit

    Students Entering with 30-44 Credit Hours:

    • Complete HONR 2102, HONR 3102, HONR 4102
    • Complete at least 21 additional hours of Honors course credit, including at least 6 hours at the 3000/4000 level. At least 3 hours should also be regular Honors Courses, not Honors Conversions.

    Note, scores of 4 or higher on AP exams and scores of 6 or higher on IB exams will count for Honors course credit

    Students Entering with 45-59 Credit Hours:

    • Complete HONR 2102, HONR 3102, HONR 4102
    • Complete at least 18 additional hours of Honors course credit by completing Honors courses and/or converting regular courses for Honors credit, including at least 6 hours at the 3000/4000 level.

    Note, scores of 4 or higher on AP exams and scores of 6 or higher on IB exams will count for Honors course credit

    Students Entering with 60 plus Credit Hours:

    • Complete HONR 2102, HONR 3102, HONR 4102
    • Complete at least 15 additional hours of Honors course credit by completing Honors courses and/or converting regular courses for Honors credit.

    Note, scores of 4 or higher on AP exams and scores of 6 or higher on IB exams will count for Honors course credit

  • Continuing and Transfer Students

    UWG Honors College Curriculum Requirements are based on credit hours completed at the time of the student’s application and the semester of entry into the program. Refer to Course Requirements for First-Year Students.

    • In order to complete the Honors College curriculum requirements, students need to have four full-time semesters remaining prior to the intended graduation date.
    • UWG Honors College Curriculum Requirements are based on credit hours completed at the time of the student’s application and the semester of entry into the program.
    • Transfer Students:  The number of credits earned will be determined based on the calculation of hours earned prior to matriculation at University of West Georgia as they appear in a student’s DegreeWorks/WolfWatch audit.
    • Transfer students who completed Honors Coursework at other Honors Programs or Colleges may be eligible to have those Honors credits used for their UWG Honors College graduation Requirements.  However, students must complete a minimum of 5 Honors courses or conversions at University of West Georgia in addition to the HONR course requirements. (Note—this is for students who may have a lot of Honors transfer credits—they would need to complete at least our HONR courses and a minimum of 15 hours.

Recognition

All Honors College graduates receive recognition of their academic achievements and successes through the following:

  • Honors College distinction on all Official Transcripts
  • Honors College seal on Diploma
  • Honors College Red and Blue Graduation Cords
  • Official recognition during Commencement Ceremony and Program

Honors Thesis Requirements

For students graduating as of Spring 2020, click here for a complete guidebook of the Honors Thesis Requirements.

All students must submit an Honors Thesis to the Honors College office prior to the week of finals in the semester of their graduation. While there are no exact formatting, styles, or length requirements, all qualifying submissions should be:

  • Directly related to student's major
  • Completed during student's senior year
  • Properly researched and cited using the preferred citation method for the student's academic discipline
  • A reflection of the "best" work the student has completed during his or her studies
  • Approximately 10-15 pages in length depending on the subject matter

Students should use the following documents when submitting their Honors College Thesis.

*Please note: Assignments completed for course credit may be used as student's Honors Thesis. Also, significant work achieved through group projects or undergraduate research projects may also be considered.