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Graduating with Honors from the University of Oklahoma

The University of Oklahoma Honors College has established unique requirements for graduating with Honors. Both the final transcript and the diploma carry the designation of either cum Laude, Magna cum Laude, or Summa cum Laude. Degree candidates graduating with Honors wear a crimson satin hood with their cap and gown during the commencement ceremony, and their designations will be listed in the commencement program.

The Honors College Office communicates directly with the Registrar's Office to determine which students earn the degree designation.

Graduating with Honors requires:

  • at least 9 hours of Honors credit which can include Honors designated courses, study abroad programs sponsored by OU, and OSLEP, Feaver-MacMinn, Puterbaugh or Neustadt seminars
  • Hon 2973, Perspectives on the American experience, 3 hours
  • Hon 3993, Colloquium, 3 hours
  • Honors Reading & Research:  All students MUST take 3 hours of 3980 (Research).  Honors Reading (3960) is usually waived if the senior capstone seminar is research oriented. Some departments do require reading and more research hours (e.g., Biology). Please contact your major department for details. Reading and research do not count for honors elective credit. 
  • C or higher in all HON classes


    > filing an honors thesis (the end result of the honors reading and research project or other thesis-worthy work) with the Honors Office. 

    > both an OU Retention GPA and a Combined Retention GPA of 
  • 3.40-3.59 for cum laude 
  • 3.60-3.79 for magna cum laude 
  • 3.80-4.00 for summa cum laude 

    No student subject to disciplinary sanctions for academic misconduct at the University will be graduated cum laude.