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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.

New! As of January 2008, students competing for honors must take an independent study with a faculty member. This will enable students to better prepare their honors thesis. The independent study may be applied to the major's credit requirements. Click on the below link for a PDF file describing the honors requirements and a form honors candidates must turn in to the director of the International Studies major.

Download International Honors Requirements 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.