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Degrees & Designations

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The majority of students will opt to complete the Honors College Designation. The Honors College Designation is awarded to high-achieving students who gain an Honors experience by completing a minimum of 15 credit hours of Honors coursework while they pursue a major and minor in their chosen fields. This option allows students to complete many university requirements in the small, seminar classroom settings for which the Honors College is known.

Designation Requirements:

  • Maintenance of a 3.2 GPA
  • The successful completion of 15 credit hours in honors courses:
    • A minimum of 3 credit hours in UHON 100 level
    • A minimum of 3 credit hours in UHON 200 level
    • A minimum of 6 credit hours in UHON 300 level
    • 3 credit hours in any UHON level

Designation Awards and Recognition

  • Honors Designation Cord
  • May be eligible for Honors International Distinction and Cord

The Interdisciplinary Studies Minor is awarded to high-achieving students who wish to broaden their interdisciplinary Honors experience while obtaining a bachelor’s degree in their chosen discipline. Students who complete the Minor will produce work that integrates ideas and methods from different disciplines, and will analyze and evaluate foundational and primary works, gain knowledge of diverse cultures, acquire civic knowledge, and apply ethical reasoning.

Minor Requirements:

  • Maintenance of a 3.2 cumulative GPA
  • The successful completion of 24 credit hours in Honors courses:
    • A minimum of 3 credit hours in UHON 100 level
    • A minimum of 3 credit hours in UHON 200 level
    • A minimum of 12 credit hours in UHON 300 and 400 level
    • 6 credit hours in any UHON level

Minor Awards and Recognition:

  • Minor in Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Honors Medallion
  • May be eligible for Honors International Distinction and Cord

The Bachelor of Arts in Honors Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts is awarded to high-achieving students who complete the Major in the Honors College. This baccalaureate degree program provides the opportunity for students to develop a broad-based and flexible interdisciplinary liberal arts education similar to that offered by many small liberal arts colleges. The BA in Honors Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts provides a foundation in social and behavioral studies, physical and natural sciences, humanities, communications, mathematics, and fine arts, and allows students to focus on a specific area of interdisciplinary study.

Students will conduct research and produce original work that integrates ideas and methods from different disciplines and will learn to adapt to new environments and developing technologies. Graduates will be expected to gain intercultural knowledge and competence and develop personal and social responsibility, including civic knowledge and engagement both locally and globally.

All students who wish to complete the BA in Honors Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts must complete an application including a proposed course of study.  At the time of application students must have completed or have in-progress at least 45 credit hours, 12 of which are in Honors. Due to the individualized attention that each BA student will receive, the Honors College can only accept a small number of students for the major each year. For consideration, download the application here and the course of study form here.

Major Requirements:

  • Maintenance of a 3.5 cumulative GPA
  • A minimum of 120 credit hours
  • The ability to communicate in a language other than English is becoming imperative to participate and lead in today's global market place. Honors College majors must complete 12 credit hours of a single non-English language or provide an equivalent proficiency document from Department of Foreign Languages & Literature or Department of Spanish & Portuguese.
  • Completion of UNM core requirements, some of which can be completed through Honors
  • Completion of a minor or a second major from a field of study which complements a student's area of research interest and approved by Honors College Degree Committee.
  • The successful completion of 36 credit hours in Honors courses:
    • A minimum of 3 credit hours in UHON 100-level
    • A minimum of 3 credit hours in UHON 200-level
    • A minimum of 6 credit hours in UHON 300-level 
    • A minimum of 3 credit hours in UHON 400-level
    • 6 credit hours theme-based integrative Honors block to be taken over two semesters
    • 6 credit hours of an interdisciplinary Honors capstone project (undergraduate thesis, creative research project, senior teaching, service learning project)
    • 18 credit hours of upper division courses (300-400-levels), approved by the Associate Dean, in courses that will enrich a student’s knowledge in the following:
      • New environments and developing technologies
      • Intercultural knowledge and competence
      • Personal and social responsibility, including civic knowledge and engagement
      • Research fundamentals and methodology

Interested students must complete the Bachelor of Arts in Honors Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts (HILA) Application (Deadline: December 1 for spring admission, March 15 for fall admission).

The Honors College encourages students who can to participate in international opportunities and to gain an international perspective. To this end, the college awards students who complete one of the three Honors College options and who complete both an international program and either a minimum of 2 years of language or equivalent coursework with an international focus.

International Distinction Requirements:

  • International Educational Experience Abroad - 6 Credit Hours

And either:

  • Proven Proficiency in a Foreign Language OR 12-credit hour coursework in a Foreign Language
    Or
  • International Topics Courses - 12 Credit Hours

International Distinction Awards and Recognition:

  • Honors Award with Distinction in International Studies
  • Honors Cord