Program in Environmental Design

University of Colorado Boulder


Graduating with Honors

Students at the University of Colorado may graduate with Latin Honors (summa cum laude, magna cum laude, or cum laude) through either the General Honors Program or their department. Latin Honors is awarded to students with high GPAs (above a 3.3) who complete an independent project and defend it. Students interested in participating in the General Honors Program should visit the CU Honors Program website. The Environmental Design Program also offers academic departmental honors, which is based solely on a student’s CU GPA and does not require a thesis project. Enrollment in the academic departmental honors program is automatic.  For questions on GPA honors, please see your academic advisor.

Latin Departmental Honors in ENVD

Students with an overall GPA of 3.3 or higher propose a project to work on in their senior year of study, under the guidance of a primary advisor. They defend their thesis to a committee of three faculty (their primary advisor, the honors council liaison, and a faculty member from outside the department) in April, and honors are awarded by full Honors Committee in the semester the student graduates. Specific deadlines can be found on the CU Honors Program graduation page.

Latin Honors theses present work that is student initiated and student directed, well beyond the requirements for existing classwork. Latin Honors projects in the Environmental Design Program fall into two major categories, research and design.  

  • Research projects present a heretofore unanswered question then work to answer it, relying on any number of data or types of evidence. The product is a paper, the length of which is determined by the topic in conversation with your advisor.

  • Design projects present a problem and propose a solution to that problem. The product is a design or product, presented with a critical introduction. Design theses go beyond designing a building to respond to existing programmatic assumptions, to propose a new response to a problem identified by the student.

Application Process

Students interested in conducting an honors thesis in ENVD should fill out an honors application found at the link below.

You will need to know your overall CU GPA (which you can find in your degree audit). You should have a topic in mind, and some faculty members who you might like to work with. You do not need to have spoken with the faculty member(s). For more information about faculty members’ research interests, please visit the faculty page of our website.

Applications are due February 20, 2014.

Please contact Georgia Lindsay, Honors Council Representative, with any questions.

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