Honors Credit

How to Earn Honors Credits

The Honors College offers many opportunities for students to earn honors course credits.

  • Take honors courses and receive a course grade of B or higher. Many of your General Education core requirements can be fulfilled by taking honors courses.
  • Complete an individual honors contract in any course to receive honors credit for that course.
  • Participate in an honors discussion group – a weekly discussion session offered in connection with certain specific courses at UMKC.
  • Complete a Study Abroad Program. Every summer, the Honors College offers a one-month study abroad program in Ireland or Scotland. In addition, many academic departments at UMKC offer excellent study abroad programs. Both a non-Honors and an Honors study abroad program may be counted in fulfillment of the 27 hours of coursework needed to earn the University Honors distinction.
  • Enroll in a Beyond the Classroom Experience, which could be an internship, a study abroad program, undergraduate research or a community engagement project. Up to six credits earned in Beyond the Classroom Experiences may be counted toward the University Honors distinction.
  • Enroll in Graduate Courses. Up to six credits of graduate-level coursework may be counted toward the University Honors distinction. An undergraduate student can enroll in a graduate-level course by submitting a special permission form.
  • Complete a Senior Honors Thesis or Project.

Follow the links above to learn more about each of these options. Further information is available in the Honors College Student Handbook.