Who is Eligible?

If you are thinking about undertaking a Senior Honors Thesis in the College of Arts & Sciences, or if you hope to graduate from the College summa cum laude ("with highest honors"), you should pay careful attention to the information provided on this page to learn more about minimum qualifications for proposing a Senior Honors Thesis.

 

Minimum Qualifications to Propose a Senior Honors Thesis

To qualify to submit a proposal for a Senior Honors Thesis in the College of Arts & Sciences, you must, according to the Registrar, have earned more than 89 hours of credit at the university level with a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.60 or higher. If your cumulative university G.P.A. and your expanded cumulative university G.P.A. will reach 3.75 or higher by the time you graduate, and you will complete at least 60 hours at this institution, you may be eligible to propose and complete a Senior Honors Thesis and graduate summa cum laude ("with highest honors") from the College of Arts & Sciences.

 

Please note: the EXPANDED CUMULATIVE UNIVERSITY G.P.A. takes into account ALL grades earned at the university level, including grades that have been replaced through the "repeat" option or eliminated through bankruptcy, as well as work done at other institutions (even courses in which you may have earned a D or an F). You may want to confirm your eligibility with your academic advisor before submitting a thesis initiation form. Alternatively, if you entered U of L before Fall 1998, you may want to explore the option of calculating eligibility for graduation honors on the basis of your program G.P.A. and expanded program G.P.A. These calculations would take into account only those hours earned towards a degree in the College of Arts and Sciences. Students who entered U of L in the Fall of 1998 or later will be evaluated for graduation honors eligibility on the basis of the university cumulative G.P.A. and expanded university G.P.A.s only.

 

Eligibility to Graduate Summa or Magna Cum Laude from the College of Arts & Sciences

To be considered for graduation with college honors, you must have earned a minimum of 60 hours of degree credit in residence in the College of Arts and Sciences, and completed all requirements of a degree program in the College of Arts and Sciences. Graduation summa cum laude requires a university g.p.a. and an expanded university g.p.a. of 3.75 or higher and successful completion of a departmental or independent thesis defended and approved by the Senior Honors Thesis Committee. Your final semester's grades are calculated in both g.p.a.s. The EXPANDED UNIVERSITY G.P.A. takes into account ALL grades earned at the university level, including grades that have been replaced through the "repeat" option or eliminated through bankruptcy, as well as work done at other institutions (even courses in which you may have earned a D or an F).

 

You may consider completing a senior honors thesis even if you are relying on your final year's grades to achieve averages of 3.75 or higher. If your university and your expanded university g.p.a. will both fall between 3.65 and 3.75, you may graduate magna cum laude if you also complete an honors thesis successfully.

 

Latin Honors Honors upon Graduation Required Expanded GPA WITHOUT Thesis Required Expanded GPA WITH thesis
Summa cum laude Highest  honors N/A 3.75-4.0
Magna cum laude Higher honors 3.75-4.0 3.65-3.74
Cum laude* High honors 3.5-3.74 N/A

*Only students who qualify for magna or summa cum laude are eligible to submit an initiation form and thesis proposal to the A&S Senior Honors Thesis Committee for consideration.