UHP Requirements

All Honors students who joined the University Honors Program in Fall of 2020 or earlier have the following Honors requirements.

Program Requirements

Honors students are required to complete eight (8) Honors experience over the course of their undergraduate studies. Honors experiences are active learning opportunities in which students engage in thoughtful planning and reflection to connect their experiences to their academic, personal, and professional goals. 

Eight (8) Honors Experiences 

Of the eight (8) Honors experiences Honors students will complete over the course of their undergraduate studies, four (4) Honors experiences must be academic, including two (2) required Honors courses during their first year. The other four (4) Honors experiences can be any combination of academic or co-curricular Honors experiences, to be determined in conversation between the student and their Honors advisor.

Academic Honors Experiences include the following:

  • Honors Courses (there are 60+ Honors courses each semester and these small classes are often capped at 25 or fewer students)
  • Course Extensions (students develop additional coursework in regularly offered Miami courses to further explore that course's content, with faculty mentorship) 
  • Undergraduate Research (any faculty-mentored research in which students engage) 

Co-curricular Honors Experiences must last at least 40 hours and include the following: 

  • Study Abroad during any Miami term
  • Pre-Professional Experiences (e.g. internships, co-ops, Miami professional study away programs)
  • Teaching Experiences (e.g. coaching, mentoring, tutoring, UA, TA, or SI roles)
  • Significant Community Service Work at one Volunteer Site/Agency
  • Campus Engagement or Leadership Positions
  • Creative Projects


Honors with Distinction

Honors students who joined the University Honors Program in Fall of 2020 or earlier earlier have the option of pursuing Honors with Distinction, which can be earned through the proposal, development, and completion of a large-scale project (e.g., Honors thesis, senior recital) or an intensive pre-professional experience (e.g., student teaching, internship). For more information students should consult with their Honors Advisor. 


Transcript Notation

Students earn Honors notation on their transcripts and in the graduation program if they also achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.