Designed to challenge students to a diverse educational experience, the Honors Program offers courses taken from the Colleges of Arts, Science and Visual and Performing Arts. The Honors curriculum allows students to become exposed to a wide-range of classes distinct from any other progam offered, going beyond typical classroom learning.
Maintaining academic excellence requires a commitment to upholding the standards of the UMass Dartmouth Commonwealth Honors Program:
- maintain an overall university GPA of 3.2 or higher;
- complete at least 15 credits of Honors course work with a grade of B or higher in each course, including the Honors 301 thesis preparation seminar in the junior year;
- complete an original thesis or artistic composition under faculty supervision, for which the student typically earns at least three credits; and
- make a public presentation of his or her Honors project in an appropriate venue, such as a thesis defense, artistic performance, or conference poster presentation.
Please note that UMD also offers a merit scholarship called the "Commonwealth Scholarship." The two are not connected.
No more than six credits of "Honors contract" coursework may be applied to the minimum requirements listed below.
|If you are a student in the college of...||Arts & Sciences or Business||Nursing, Engineering, or Visual & Performing Arts|
|Then by the time you have completed...||You must complete...|
|15 total credits (including transfer and AP credits), or one semester at UMD, whichever comes first.||At least three Honors credits.||At least three Honors credits.|
|30 total credits, or two semesters at UMD, whichever comes first.||At least six Honors credits.||At least six Honors credits.|
|60 total credits, or four semesters at UMD, whichever comes first.||At least twelve Honors credits.||At least nine Honors credits.|
|90 total credits, or six semesters at UMD, whichever comes first.||At least fifteen Honors credits, including Honors 301, and submission of thesis project proposal.||At least twelve Honors credits, including Honors 301, and submission of thesis project proposal.|
|120 total credits, or eight semesters at UMD, whichever comes first.||All Commonwealth Scholar graduation requirements*.||All Commonwealth Scholar graduation requirements*.|