The Honors Program

  • Norlin Library in summer.
  • Honors medals given to students who earn summa cum laude.
  • Cover image from the 2016 Honors Journal.

The Honors Program

The College of Arts and Sciences Honors Program provides educational opportunities for academically prepared and highly motivated undergraduates.

In Honors Program courses, students discuss, debate, and exchange ideas in ways not possible in large lecture classes. The Honors Program also awards Latin honors - cum laude, magna cum laude, or summa cum laude - to graduating seniors who have successfully written and defended honors theses. In addition, we sponsor the Honors Journal, a student-run publication which publishes works from all academic disciplines represented on the CU Boulder campus. Qualified students interested in taking part in an honors living-learning community have the option of applying to live in the Honors Residential Academic Program.

While our home in the College of Arts and Sciences reflects our roots in the values and traditions of a liberal arts education, we welcome undergraduates from all CU Boulder colleges and schools.

The Honors Community

The Honors Program sponsors events including the Honors Coffee Hour, the Honors Film Series, and the Honors Distinguished Speaker Series, as well as the Honors Journal and the Honors Scholars Program.
Find your Honors Community.

Honors Courses

CU Boulder undergraduates who have a 3.3 GPA or higher are eligible to take one Honors Program course per semester. Honors Program courses are limited to about 15 students and vary each semester.
See what we have to offer.

Honors Theses

Through the Honors Program, graduating students can choose to write and defend an honors thesis in order to graduate from CU Boulder with Latin honors: cum laude, magna cum laude, or summa cum laude.
Start the honors thesis process.