The 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.  We are an enrichment program for students who want to add something extra to their experience at the University of Colorado Boulder:

  • Honors-qualified students are eligible to take Honors Program courses and attend Honors Community events.
  • Qualified students who would like to take part in an honors living-learning community have the option of applying to live in the Honors Residential Academic Program (HRAP). 
  • 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, and the Honors Scholars program, which offers the opportunity to help develop our Honors community.

We value all members of the CU community and recognize the historical and continuing inequities in preparation for, access to, and success in higher education, including at CU Boulder. As a program housed across all Arts & Sciences departments, we strive to take an intersectional approach to the lived experiences, backgrounds, identities, positions, and perspectives of students, faculty, and staff. We are committed to anti-racism, the dismantling of inequities, and the end of disenfranchisement. 

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.
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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 17 students and vary each semester.
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Honors Theses

Arts and Sciences undergraduate 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.
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