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University of Colorado Denver College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


International Studies BA Program

Honors Program


Students with a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or above in all CU courses may compete for a degree in International Studies awarded with Latin Praise of cum laude, magna cum laude, or summa cum laude. Students with a grade point average of 3.5 in their International courses are eligible for the award of cum laude, those with 3.7 are eligible for magna cum laude, and those with 3.9 or above may be awarded summa cum laude. In addition to high grade point average, candidates for honors must submit a research paper prepared under the supervision of a CU faculty member for review by an honors examination committee. The committee will consist of three faculty members drawn from departments participating in the program.

Students competing for honors must take INTS 4880 Directed Research with an International Studies affiliated faculty member.  The Directed Research course is applied to the major's credit requirements. Candidates must submit the following form to the Director of the International Studies program for approval of participation in an honors thesis project. This form must be submitted and signed prior to the start of the semester in which honors thesis work will begin.

DownloadHonors Application Form.pdfHonors Application Form.pdf

College Honors

In addition to the Latin honors awarded by the International Studies program, students are eligible to earn a B.A. degree accompanied by the statement "with distinction" when they meet the College of Liberal Arts and Science honors requirements. For details, see " CLAS Honors Requirements" on the CLAS Web site.