Honors Thesis

The university offers three levels of honors at graduation: cum laude, magna cum laude and summa cum laude. Please note that:

  • Transfer credits and S-U option credits are excluded.
  • Post-baccalaureate students are not eligible for honors recognition.
  • Honors recognition is printed on the university diploma.

To graduate with the distinction of cum laude, magna cum laude or summa cum laude, a student must meet the requirements below and be recommended by the college faculty.

The student must have completed at least 45 semester hours of credit in residence at the university. Only the junior-/senior-level GPA exclusive of internship/student teaching will be considered.

Cum Laude:

To graduate cum laude, a student must have earned a 3.40 or higher GPA for all coursework taken while classified as a junior/senior.

Magna or Summa Cum Laude:

Students in the College of HHP are eligible for magna cum laude or summa cum laude by earning a 3.70 or higher GPA for all coursework taken while classified as a junior/senior and completing a senior paper or creative work. The student’s supervisory committee makes the recommendation for these distinctions based upon an evaluation of this work.

More information on guidelines to follow when preparing an Honors Thesis can be found on the Honors website: http://cms.uflib.ufl.edu/etd/honors

APK Summer 2017 Departmental Process

  • Verify your Upper Division (UD) GPA meets the Department minimum using your degree audit on SIS and/or meet with your APK Academic Advisor to confirm your eligibility. (The APK4940C, Internship, course is not computed in your UD GPA.)
  • Select an APK faculty member in your discipline with whom you would like to work on a research project. Approach the faculty member and discuss your interest in an honors project, and review with him/her the opportunity and paper/project requirements. The faculty member will act as your Honors Faculty Committee Chair. A second faculty committee member will be provided by the Department.
  • MAY 22 – Submit a preliminary TYPED Honors Thesis Submission Form (http://cms.uflib.ufl.edu/portals/etd/Honors%20Thesis%20Submission%20Form%20table-1.docx), to your Academic Adviser. This enables the college to ensure your honors designation is printed on the commencement program. Please indicate on the top of the form which project you are completing. ◦Magna Cum Laude (High Honors) – Literature Review; ◦Summa Cum Laude (Highest Honors) – Literature Review and original work with Thesis. NOTE: Your honors designation will not be printed in the commencement program if you fail to submit your Honors Thesis Submission Form by the above deadline.
  • JULY 26 – Submit the following materials to the APK Academic Advisor, who will serve as a liaison with the Department Chair.  The Department Chair serves as the second reader and make the final recommendation for magna or summa cum laude:
  • AUGUST 10 – Submit the following materials via email to the UF Library IR Coordinator. You can view information about this on the UF Honors website:  http://cms.uflib.ufl.edu/etd/honors.


– Completed and signed Honors Thesis Submission Form

– Thesis files (note: file formats should conform to the acceptable formats list)


– A signed Internet Distribution Agreement form (grants permission for the Libraries to host your thesis in the IR@UF).

– Signed letter of permission to quote or reproduce copyrighted material for all copyrighted material included beyond fair use (e.g. large portions of information or data where someone else holds the copyright).