Program Requirements

For students entering the Honors Program in the Fall 2020 term or after, these are the requirements to complete the Honors Program Requirements by graduation. Click here for an easy one-page, fillable worksheet of your requirements.

  • Complete a minimum of 26 Honors hours by graduation, with a grade of B- or better, unless otherwise noted (plus the UHON 201H zero credit class)
  • Maintain a 3.5 cumulative GPA
  • Complete an Honors Senior Project

Year 1

  • Complete 5-8 Honors hours with a B- or better
  • Enroll in 189H Freshman Seminar (3 hours, first semester)
  • Enroll in UHON 101H: Honors Community: Peer Mentor Program (1 hour, first semester)
  • Enroll in UHON 102H: Honors Discovery: The Science of You (1 hour, second semester)
  • Recommended: Earn 3 additional Honors hours in the year, likely through a department Honors course or an Honors contract

Year 2

  • Complete 6 Honors hours with a B- or better, including:
  • Enroll in UHON 298H: Solutions Seminar (3 hours; any semester; recommended this year)
  • Enroll in UHON 201H: Honors Intersections (0 hours, any semester;recommended this year)
  • Enroll in UHON 99H: Honors Experience in conjunction with an experiential learning opportunity in one of the following categories: research or creative activity, internship or work-based learning, teaching or mentoring, civic engagement, or study abroad. (0 hours to enroll; subsitutes as 3 Honors hours upon completion)
  • Recommended: Enroll in 3 additional Honors hours if not completed in year 1
  • Optional (Year 2 or 3): Enroll in UHON 301H and 302H (1 hour each) in subsequent semesters if admitted to an Honors Experiential Track (Applying to a track is optional; if admitted, enrolling in these 2 courses is required)

Year 3 & 4

  • Complete remaining Honors hours to earn a minimum of 26 (should be 12), with a grade of B- or better, including:
  • Enroll in a UHON 395H:Deep Dive Seminar after achieving junior status (3 hours; any term)
  • Recommended: Enroll in additional UHON 99H: Honors Experiences as appropriate
  • Optional (Year 2 or 3): Enroll in UHON 301H and 302H (1 hour each) in subsequent semesters if admitted to an Honors Experiential Track (Applying to a track is optional; if admitted, enrolling in these 2 courses is required)
  • Optional: Enroll in 399H/499H hours of independent study credit as you work on your Honors senior project

Students Beginning Honors Fall 2019 or Earlier

The requirements listed below are for students who entered the Honors Program prior to Fall 2020. To Remain in Good Standing in the Honors Program students are required to:

  • Enroll in a minimum of 12 credit hours (9 graded hours) each fall and spring semester to maintain full-time status
  • Complete a minimum of 24 Honors hours by graduation in the following sequence, with a grade of B- or better
  • Maintain a 3.5 cumulative GPA
  • Complete an Honors Senior Project

Frequently asked questions about requirements

Year 1

  • Complete a minimum 6 Honors hours with a B- or better (including 189H)
    Note: If you enrolled in the Honors Program before Fall 2017, you must complete minimum of 15 Honors hours with a grade of B- or better during your first and second years, with a minimum of 6 hours each year
  • Enroll in 189H Freshman Seminar (first semester)
  • Participate in UHON 98H (101H for Fall 2019 students) Peer Mentor Program (first semester)
  • Attend at least one Honors Workshop (second semester) - see the list and register for one at honorsregistration.unl.edu

Year 2

  • Complete a minimum 6 Honors hours with a B- or better (regardless of hours completed previous year)
    Note: If you enrolled in the Honors Program before Fall 2017, you must complete a minimum of 15 Honors hours with a grade of B- or better during your first and second years, with a minimum of 6 hours each year
  • Attend one Honors Workshop per semester (fall and spring semesters)

Year 3

  • Complete 6 Honors hours with a grade of B- or better
    Note: If you enrolled in the Honors Program before Fall 2017, you need only complete a minimum of 3 hours during year 3, but must complete 9 total Honors hours during your third and fourth years combined
  • Enroll in UHON 395H seminar with a grade of B- or better (may also be taken in 4th year)
  • Submit Thesis/Senior Project Prospectus (See the Deadlines section at the top of this page for this year’s specific due dates)
    Note: The Thesis/Senior Project Prospectus is due in the middle of the third semester before your intended graduation date

Year 4

  • Complete a total of 24 Honors hours by the time of graduation
  • Enroll in UHON 395H seminar with a grade of B- or better (if you have not already done so)
  • Submit Intent to Graduate from the Honors Program form (See the current year’s deadlines for specific due dates)
  • Submit Thesis/Senior Project (See the current year’s deadlines for specific due dates)

If you fail to complete any of these requirements on time, your cumulative GPA drops below 3.5, or you fail to meet other University Scholarship requirements, you will unfortunately lose any Honors scholarship you may be receiving. However, you may stay involved in the Honors Program and work to return to good standing. You can still graduate from the Honors Program so long as all requirements are met by the time you graduate.


Nebraska Business Honors Academy & The Raikes School

Nebraska Business Honors Academy or the Raikes School students are also members of the University Honors Program and are obligated to complete Honors Program requirements. Much of the Academy and Raikes curriculum is designed to help students fulfill Honors Program requirements.

Nebraska Business Honors Academy courses fulfill the credit hour requirement for the Honors Program. Honors Academy students are required to take the 189H Freshman seminar and participate in the 101H Peer Mentor Program during their first semester, as well as all other required University Honors Program seminars. Academy students are also required to maintain a 3.5 minimum cumulative GPA and turn in all Honors Program forms. The MNGT 475H course will fulfill the thesis/senior project requirement, but MNGT 475H is only offered in the spring semesters. A Thesis/Senior Project Prospectus form indicating 475H will be taken is still required, as is final semester paperwork and submission of the 475H project.

Raikes School courses fulfill the credit hour requirement for the Honors Program. Raikes students are required to take the 189H freshman seminar and participate in the 101H Peer Mentor Program during their first semester, but are not required to take a 395H junior/senior seminar. Raikes students are required to submit all necessary forms. Often the Raikes Senior Design Studio course will fulfill the thesis/senior project requirement, but a Thesis/Senior Project Prospectus form indicating Raikes Design Studio will be taken is still required.