Curriculum Requirements

The Honors College curriculum brings together the disciplinary strength for which Purdue University is so well known with the interdisciplinary breadth of specialized honors courses taught by award winning professors. As dual-enrolled students, both in the Honors College and their disciplinary college, students take courses both within the Honors College and within their home discipline.

All Honors College students take an introductory course together during their first year. The course features speakers from across the university and introduces students to the breadth of scholarship at Purdue. This first-year experience fosters community and collaboration among students, who pursue group projects of their own design.

Honors students take numerous kinds of honors courses during their time at Purdue: small, honors-only seminars, honors classes within their disciplines, and research work that leads to the production of a senior honors thesis or scholarly project.

Honors College Requirements

5 HONR Credits *2 credits from the first year seminar 3 credits of HONR designated courses
19 Honors Electives HONR courses beyond the first 5 HONR credits H designated courses and/or honors contract courses Non-required grad level courses and/or research** 9 credits must be taken after the 1st year
Good Standing Maintain at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA. Take at least one honors course per academic year excluding full semesters during which students study abroad.
Thesis or Scholarly Project Research or other scholarly activity that leads to a culminating thesis/comparable scholarly project.


*Continuing students must take 5 credits of HONR designated courses. Click here to download a pdf version of the curriculum.

** To fulfill the “elective honors courses (19 credits)” in the Honors College curriculum, the credit in exchange for independent research needs to be in support of the culminating thesis or scholarly project.

University Honors Program (UHP) Requirements

24 Honors Credits HONR designated & honors contract courses Honors study abroad & service learning courses *Advanced course substitutes (400 & 500 level) Scholarly/research projects as independent study
Good Standing Earn a B or higher in honors courses. Maintain at least a 3.6 cumulative GPA.
Please Remember The UHP is no longer admitting students.


Advanced course substitutions must be approved by the Program Director. Click here for a pdf version of the University Honors Program guidelines.

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