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Honors Program

Qualifications and Requirements

Application Process and Qualifications for All Academic Honors Programs

Students seeking participation in an Academic Honors Program must have earned at least 45 semester credit hours with a minimum 3.50 grade point average (GPA) at the time of application.

All students completing an Academic Honors program of study are expected to complete a senior capstone activity. The activity can range from an honor's thesis to a creative work to an undergraduate research project. Second, students must present the results of their activity in a scholarly venue approved by their Academic Honors Program Advisor (e.g., CMU's Student Showcase, a regional meeting for the relevant discipline).

Admission to the Honors Program is competitive. Applications will be reviewed by the department's faculty members and applicants will be notified on their acceptance status within the timeframe set by the department.

Application Process and Requirements Specific to Art and Design Majors

  • Must be a declared Art and Design major.
  • Must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.50 in major courses.
  • Must complete the following 9 upper-division credit hours: 6 credit hours of Honors Work by Contract in 300- and/or 400-level courses and a Special Capstone Project which may be either an additional exhibit, a thesis, or a published work (3 credit hours).

The Honors Program application process takes place each spring semester. Interested students should contact the Art and Design Department for the application deadline.

In addition to meeting the credit hour and GPA requirements, students applying to the Art and Design Honors program should also submit:

  • completed application form; link to form here
  • a cover letter that explains how the Art and Design Honors Program will benefit you and what you will bring to the program
  • your unofficial CMU transcript
  • a portfolio including images of 10-15 different artworks; please limit detail shots to one per artwork. Portfolio must be submitted via one of two methods: either provide a link to your website or save portfolio images to a flash drive.

Program Contact

Professor Suzie Garner