Honors Scholars Program
The Honors Scholars Program (HSP) provides CU Denver undergraduates with opportunities to identify and accomplish challenging and enriching learning experiences. Students may combine curricular, co-curricular, and extra-curricular activities to design a path to completion of the honors certificate.
Students must complete the equivalent of 15 credit hours of honors-identified work and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 to earn the certificate. To be eligible for the certificate, students must have a GPA of 3.25 or higher based on high school performance for entering first-time first-year students or college GPA for continuing students. Students may petition for a waiver for lower GPSs for entry into the certificate program. Students must apply to HSP prior to completing 105 credit hours of college coursework.
Details on how to apply and on how to complete the certificate can be found at www.ucdenver.edu/honors.
The Certificate has two elements:
Curricular: Students complete 12 credit hours of coursework (or 15 hours if they opt out of the extra- and co-curricular activities described below). The curricular requirement might be accomplished through fulfillment of a range of activities including, but not limited to, an honors section of a course, a first-year experience seminar designated as honors, a 5000 level course (by permission of instructor), thesis credit hours in a department, an honors contract negotiated with faculty to extend assignments in existing courses, and/or an independent study
Extra-Curricular/Co-Curricular: Students who wish to replace one course with extra-curricular or co-curricular activities will need to complete 145 total hours of engagement that enhance student learning. These may include, but are limited to, participation in EUReCA! grants or other extra-curricular mentored research, conference, colloquia, or seminar presentations, participation in RaCAS, performances, exhibitions, leadership activities, community service and engagement, study abroad, internships, or completion of honors workshops. To earn points, students must propose an activity and specify the time commitment and the ways it enhances their education or development. These activities will be evaluated, approved, and tracked by honors program staff, advisors, faculty, and administrators.
To earn the honors certificate, students must complete 15 credit hours of honors-level work and maintain a 3.25 or better.
Students may do so in a variety of ways, including:
- an honors section of a course, offered by a department
- a first-year experience seminar designated as honors
- a 5000-level course (by permission of instructor)
- departmental thesis credit
- an honors contract negotiated with faculty to extend assignments in existing courses
- an independent study
Students may replace three (3) credit hours of coursework with co-curricular or extra-curricular activities that may include but are not limited to:
- Undergraduate (EUReCA!) research grants or other mentored research conferences, colloquia, or seminar presentations
- Research and Creative Activities Symposium (RaCAS)
- Leadership activities
- Community service and engagement
- Study abroad
- Honors workshop