• Current Hamline Students

    Please note: applications for admission to University Honors are due Friday, May 12, 2017.

    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 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 Project (DHP) in their major 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/their college community and as a prospective contributor to a better society.

    Achieving University Honors:

    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. To achieve University Honors, students must:

    • Propose a plan for achieving University Honors to the director of Honors. Once their plan is revised as necessary, accepted, and approved, they will have access to the University Honors Blackboard site, where they will build their 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 documented in a student’s portfolio in order to count toward University Honors.

    • Community and lifelong learner activities do not count toward 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’s assessment of the quality of the reflective report (on which students receive feedback from the director of Honors).

    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, paying attention to the four categories and the points you get for various activities.

    • Download a proposal form and and fill it out, making sure that your plan allows you to achieve the correct number of points overall and in each category.

    • Fall applications to University Honors are due Friday, December 1, 2017. Spring applications to University Honors are due Friday, May 11, 2018.

      • Go to University Honors Application to provide your personal details and attach your proposal.

      • Students admitted to University Honors will be required to take a one-credit course, HONS 1000: Introduction to Honors, in the first full semester following their admission to Honors. HONS 1000 is offered in spring 2018 on Monday evenings, 6–8 p.m., on the first six Monday evenings of the semester.