The College of Arts and Sciences Honors Program

The College of Arts and Sciences Honors Program

The College of Arts and Sciences Honors Program provides a community for highly motivated and academically prepared undergraduate students and offers opportunities for intellectual engagement through honors courses, academic-inspired events, and honors thesis research and creative work.

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 in the College of Arts and Sciences 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.

First-year fall students: our honors course registration survey has closed.
You'll have opportunities to register yourself for an honors course during your enrollment date window,
during the schedule adjustment period, and when fall classes begin!

The Honors Community

We offer a wide variety of events and activities, including the Honors Coffee Hour and the Honors Distinguished Speaker Series. We also sponsor the Honors Journal and the Honors Scholars Program.
Find your Honors Community.

Honors Courses

Undergraduate students who have a CU Boulder GPA of 3.3 or higher are eligible to take Honors Program courses. Honors Program courses are limited to 15-17 students and vary each semester.
See what we have to offer.

Honors Theses

Through the Honors Program, Arts and Sciences students can 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.