Graduation Requirements

In order to graduate with Honors College distinction from the University of West Georgia, students must:

  • Complete at least 10 Honors courses, including two at the 3000/4000 level.  At least two of the 10 should be regular Honors Courses (not Honors Conversions)
  • Participate in 60 hours community engagement and reflect upon its impact (Hours should be recorded and approved within OrgSync)
  • Participate in Undergraduate Research
  • Have at least a 3.2 Overall GPA
  • Submit an Honors Thesis Prior to Graduation (during Senior Year)

Review the checklist of Honors College Graduation Criteria. Students should complete the checklist and submit to the Honors College Office the semester of graduation.


All Honors College graduates receive recognition of their academic achievements and successes through the following:

  • Honors College distinction on all Official Transcripts
  • Honors College seal on Diploma
  • Honors College Red and Blue Graduation Cords
  • Official recognition during Commencement Ceremony and Program

Honors Thesis Requirements

All students must submit an Honors Thesis to the Honors College office prior to the week of finals in the semester of their graduation. While there are no exact formatting, styles, or length requirements, all qualifying submissions should be:

  • Directly related to student's major
  • Completed during student's senior year
  • Properly researched and cited using the preferred citation method for the student's academic discipline
  • A reflection of the "best" work the student has completed during his or her studies
  • Approximately 10-15 pages in length depending on the subject matter

*Please note: Assignments completed for course credit may be used as student's Honors Thesis. Also, significant work achieved through group projects or undergraduate research projects may also be considered.