UHP Certificate Requirements

Complete 27 HON credits while meeting the distribution requirements with an average cumulative UI and Honors GPA of 3.3 or above.  In addition to the requirements listed below, students must complete six upper division [300-400 level] HON-designated honors credits, and complete courses from at least three different disciplines within the social sciences and humanities. Either or both semesters of a Core Discovery sequence or a semester of an Integrated Seminar course (ISEM 101)  may count toward the three discipline requirement. Up to six Honors Course Contract credits may be applied toward the Certificate.  Students who participate in a one-semester study abroad experience may receive an Honors Certificate by completing 24 credits rather than the required 27 Honors credits.  Students who participate in a two-semester study abroad experience may receive an Honors Certificate by completing 21 rather than the required 27 Honors credits. (see Honors Course Contract for details)


  • Three honors humanities credits;
  • Three honors social science credits;
  • Three honors science credits;
  • Three credits in analytical and quantitative reasoning, which can be satisfied by taking honors Math 315, Engr 210, and Engr 220 or by taking Philosophy 202, Statistics 251, or Statistics 301 through an Honors Course Contract. (See Honors Course Contract)
  • Additional elective honors credits to total 27 credits/points
The categories of humanities, social science, and science refer primarily but not exclusively to lower-division university general education core curriculum coursework--a student who may have completed university core requirements by having completed nonhonors courses may, by approval, substitute an appropriate honors seminar course to count towards the certificate--an honors history seminar on China, for example, would count toward the social science category but a history seminar on science might very well count toward the science category; an honors literature seminar counts toward humanities, or an honors seminar such as the Chem 400 "Energy Issues" course, which is on a topic in the sciences or technology, can be used for the science category.  If needed, discuss course substitution options with the Director.

Scheduling Conflicts

Students who have scheduling conflicts should see the program Director to discuss options. To avoid such conflicts, frequent advising as the student progresses toward completion of the core award or the certificate is strongly recommended.

Internships and Student Teaching

Students who will be away from campus for the greater part of a semester or academic year on an internship or a student teaching assignment are advised to consult the program director before leaving campus (preferably one year in advance) to work out appropriate credit substitutions.