Departmental Honors Programs
Departmental Honors Programs
To graduate from The Honors College, each honors student must complete the requirements for honors in his or her major, if that major has an honors program. The requirements for completing the honors program in each major are described in the Undergraduate Bulletin.
Some majors at UAlbany do not have an Honors program. Honors students in these majors should consider consulting with the program’s undergraduate director or department head, regarding their expectations for Honors students. Dean Chang should also be consulted about the requirements Honors students will need to meet to graduate from the Honors College.
Students who have two majors may complete the Honors requirements for either major, or can choose to complete the Honors requirements in both majors. Students choosing to complete the honors requirements in both majors may be able to accomplish this by writing one thesis, depending on the content of the thesis.
Applying to a Department's Honors Program
Honors students are not automatically enrolled in the honors program in their majors. They must meet the entrance requirements and apply through their major departments. Consequently, all honors students should be familiar with the requirements for applying to their honors program and when they should apply.
We have created a chart describing how and when students should apply to the honors program in their major. The chart includes information about when to contact the Honors Program Director, when to apply to the honors program, and the requirements that must be met before applying. It also includes the name and contact information of the Honors Program Director, and a link to detailed information about the requirements to graduate with honors in each major.
Students can also find a list of contact information for programs which currently do not have departmental Honors programs.
The chart can be accessed here
Click here for the description of each honors program
Graduating From The Honors College
Students in The Honors College who are in a major that offers an honors program must complete that program, and will graduate from The Honors College with honors in their major. As discussed, this usually entails
• Completing 18 credits in honors courses (12 credits for those admitted during their first year at UAlbany)
• The Honors program in a major, and
• A senior thesis or creative project.
Students who are in a major that does not offer an Honors program will graduate from the Honors College if they complete the requirements of the Honors College.
Students who graduate from the Honors College have this noted on their transcript. In addition, each honors courses is noted on a student's transcript. This is different from the following two scenarios:
1. Graduating With Honors in a Major. Students in a major that offers an honors program will graduate with honors in their major if they complete the requirements for doing so. This usually involves taking a specific set of courses (described in each department’s website) and completing a senior thesis or creative project. Students do not need to be in The Honors College to graduate with honors in their major. Consequently, students with a strong focus in a particular major who do not want to participate in and graduate from The Honors College should consider graduating with honors in their major but not from The Honors College.
2. Graduating With Honors. Students who graduate with a high cumulative grade point average will graduate with honors. They are not required to take specific courses or complete the honors program in their major to graduate with honors. Students with a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or higher will graduate cum laude (from Latin for “with praise”). Those graduating with a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher will graduate magna cum laude (“with great praise”). Those graduating with a cumulative grade point average of 3.75 will graduate summa cum laude (“with highest praise”).
Simply put, students in The Honors College with a qualifying cumulative grade point average can graduate from The Honors College, with honors in their major, and with honors. That’s a lot of honors!