Requirements of the Honors Plan

The Honors Plan is an integral part of a student’s curriculum. Honors students meet the following set of requirements:

  • Major Requirements
  • School/Divisional Requirements (Arts and Sciences; Business; Creative Arts; Education, Health & Society; or Engineering and Applied Sciences)
  • Liberal Education Requirements (i.e., Honors Plan, which is in lieu of the Global Miami Plan)
  • 128 credit hours to graduate

To complete the Honors Plan for Liberal Education and graduate from the University Honors Program, students must:

  1. Complete a minimum of 9 approved Honors Experiences.* Honors Experiences are learning opportunities that have gone through an approval process that ensures they are aligned with the honors learning outcomes. Honors Experiences are categorized in three tiers (introductory, intermediate and advanced). [*Students who are admitted to the University Honors Program after their first semester of college will work with an honors advisor to determine the specific number of Honors Experiences they will need to complete.]
  2. Complete at least one Tier 1 (introductory) Honors Experience and at least one Tier 2 (intermediate) Honors Experience. These Honors Experiences are part of the total of 9 Honors Experiences that students need to complete. The remaining 7 Honors Experiences may be in any tier (introductory, intermediate, or advanced).
  3. Fulfill the 5 Breadth of Learning subject areas. Students must complete at least two credit hours of college-level coursework in each of the following five subject areas: art, humanities, math, natural science, and social science. Students can use AP, IB, CLEP, PSEO, transfer, and Miami coursework for the Breadth of Learning subject areas. Students should view their Degree Audit Report for a list of specific courses that count for each breadth of learning subject area.
  4. Submit two reflective narratives as part of an Honors Cluster*. An Honors Cluster is a set of two Honors Experiences in which students enroll during their first semester. Students must write two reflective narratives in which they reflect on how their Honors Cluster has helped them fulfill the honors learning outcomes. [*Students who are admitted to the University Honors Program after their first semester of college will work with an honors advisor to determine how to meet this requirement.]

All students who meet the above requirements will graduate from the University Honors Program. Students who meet the above requirements and also attain a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 or higher when they graduate will also receive a "University Honors" transcript notation.

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