Honors Credit

How to Earn Honors Credits:

The Honors Program offers many opportunities for students to earn Honors Credits.

  • Enroll in Honors Courses and receive a course grade of B or higher. Many of your UMKC Essentials core requirements can be fulfilled by taking honors courses.
  • Complete an individual Honors Contract in any course to receive Honors Credit for that course. If you complete an honors contract for a course, you can not receive Honors Credit through the discussion group for the same course.
  • Participate in an Honors Discussion Group – a weekly student-led discussion session offered in connection with certain specific courses at UMKC. If you attend a discussion group for a particular class, you can not complete an Honors Contract for the same class.
  • Complete a Study Abroad Program. Every summer, the Honors Program offers a one-month study abroad program. In addition, many academic departments at UMKC offer excellent study abroad programs. Up to 15 credits earned in any UMKC-approved study abroad program may be counted as regular honors credits toward the coursework needed to earn the University Honors distinction.
  • Enroll in a Beyond the Classroom Experience, which could be an internship, a clinical experience, practice teaching, 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 within 30 credits of graduation 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 Program Student Handbook.