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The Academic Honors Program at Colorado Mesa University (CMU) provides enriched studies in their academic major to highly motivated undergraduates. Completion of honors requirements varies by academic program, but each includes opportunities for students to actively engage in more advanced study through coursework and a Capstone Project that will include research and presented in a scholarly venue. Students completing a program’s academic honors requirements are recognized at CMU’s Commencement Ceremony.


Application Process and Qualifications

General: Students seeking participation in an Academic Honors Program must have earned at least 45 semester credit hours with a minimum 3.5 overall grade point average (GPA) at the time of application. An application process occurs each semester, and interested students should submit materials to the Spanish Honors Program Advisor by the third week of the semester. In addition to the credit hour and GPA qualifications, an applicant also should submit:

  1. The application form; and
  2. A summary of no more than three pages that
    • details the applicant's scholarly background, community and/or University service, and academic awards; and
    • describes briefly why s/he is applying for an academic honors program of study.


Program Requirements

General Requirements: All students completing an Academic Honors program of study are expected to complete a senior capstone activity (FLAS 498). 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).


Requirements Specific to Majors in the Spanish Program (Hispanic Studies or Secondary Licensure):

  • Honors Work by Contract in three FLAS upper-division courses (nine credits).
  • During their junior and senior years, Honors Program students in consultation with the Spanish Honors Program Advisor arrange to do advanced work in upper-division courses; this is accomplished by speaking with the faculty that will teach the selected course prior to registering for the course.
  • During the junior or senior year, as approved by the Spanish Honors Program Advisor, commit to a project to promote Spanish on campus or community. Ideas may include serving as officer in the Spanish club, organizing the Mesa de conversación, organizing cultural events, serving as interpreter at community activities, etc.
  • Must maintain a 3.5 overall GPA.
  • Must maintain a 3.75 GPA in FLAS courses.

Program Contact: Dr. Tyler Anderson, [email protected], 970.248.1067