• University Honors

  • Current Students

    There are several forms of honors with which students can graduate:

    • University Honors. University Honors reflect the completion of a comprehensive program that emerges out of and honors emerges Hamline’s mission, values, and vision. Students who have fulfilled requirements in four areas—academic excellence, undergraduate research, contributions to community, and development as a lifelong learner—graduate with University Honors.
    • Latin honors. Latin honors reflect a student’s GPA. Students who have 60 or more credits graded on an A-F scale and meet the following overall GPA requirements graduate with Latin honors: 3.50 - 3.74 - cum laude; 3.75 - 3.89 - magna cum laude; 3.9 and above - summa cum laude. (Students pursuing University Honors can also achieve Latin honors and can apply this distinction in the category of academic excellence.)
    • Departmental honors. Departmental honors reflect the completion of a major research or creative project. Students who successfully complete a Departmental Honors Projects (DHPs) in their majors graduate with departmental honors. (Students pursuing University Honors can also achieve Departmental honors and can apply this distinction in the category of undergraduate research.)
    • Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK). Omicron Delta Kappa is a National Leadership Honor Society, of which Hamline is proud to chapter. Students who have shown leadership in campus organizations, teams, and programs while maintaining strong academic profiles are eligible to apply as juniors and seniors. ODK focuses on supporting every member in the development of the whole person, both as a present member of his/her college community and as a prospective contributor to a better society.

    To achieve University Honors a student must:

    Graduating with University Honors requires you to fulfill requirements in four areas: academic excellence, undergraduate research, contributions to community, and development as a lifelong learner. Honors students document and provide reflections on all of their Honors work on the University Honors Blackboard site, and are responsible for pursuing relevant opportunities and for meeting with the Director of Honors at least once every semester.

    • Propose a plan for achieving University Honors to the Director of Honors. Once your plan is revised as necessary, accepted, and approved, you will have access to the University Honors Blackboard site, where you will build your Honors portfolio.
    • Excel in all four aspects of honors: academic excellence (300- 350 points), undergraduate research (300- 350 points), contributions to community (150- 200 points), and development as a lifelong learner (150- 200 points). 
    • Earn 1,000 points (600- 800 points for some transfer students) across all four aspects of honors while matriculated at Hamline.
    • Create and maintain an online portfolio on the University Honors Blackboard site, documenting their experiences toward University Honors.
    • Pass an honors defense colloquium during their last full semester at Hamline.

    Notes:

    • All activities must be in a student’s portfolio to count towards University Honors.
    • Community and lifelong learner activities do not count towards University Honors until a reflective report has been submitted.
    • Community and lifelong learner activities receive points ranging from zero to activity maximum, depending on the Director of Honors’ assessment of the quality of the reflective report (on which students receive feedback from the Director of Honors).
    • Academic dishonesty is contrary to the mission of University Honors as well as Hamline University. Students found guilty of academic dishonesty are not eligible for University Honors and if enrolled will be asked to leave the program.  


    Students who achieve University Honors (UH) will receive:

    • Documentation of UH on their official transcript.
    • Documentation of UH on their diploma.
    • Template language that briefly defines UH, for use on résumés.
    • Support in describing UH to potential employers, graduate schools, and the like.

    Interested in applying? Here are the first steps to take:

    • Explore the UH website, with attention to the four categories and the points you get for various activities.
    • Download a proposal form and try filling out a first draft.
    • Email your proposal draft to the Director
    • Meet with the Director, either by coming to office hours or by making an appointment.