Each academic unit issues a dean’s list of its undergraduate students who receive honors at the end of each semester. The minimum standard for inclusion in the list is a 3.67 grade point average for the semester, earned in a full-time undergraduate degree or nondegree program of not fewer than 15 completed credit hours of which at least 12 hours must be completed for A-F grade credit with a passing grade and during the summer term of not fewer than 12 completed credit hours all of which must be completed for A-F grade credit with a passing grade.
Undergraduate graduation honors at American University include Latin Honors, based on cumulative grade point average, and University Honors or AU Honors, based on a combination of honors course requirements, cumulative grade point average, and completion of an honors capstone. To be eligible for graduation honors, students must have completed at least 60 credit hours required for their degree in residence at American University and have achieved the requisite grade point average. Latin Honors, University Honors, and AU Honors are listed in the commencement program and on the student’s diploma and permanent record.
Latin Honors are calculated and recorded on the transcript and diploma by the Office of the University Registrar upon graduation. To be eligible for Latin Honors, students must complete in residence at least half of the required credit hours needed for a degree at American University (60 of the 120 earned credits) and must achieve the requisite cumulative grade point average as indicated below:
summa cum laude: 3.91 or higher
magna cum laude: 3.81 through 3.90
cum laude: 3.67 through 3.80
American University Honors Program
Employing team-taught courses, creating living-learning communities that work hands-on with DC institutions, and matching each student with a faculty mentor, the AU Honors Program seeks students from all majors to learn advanced, 21st-century skills and approaches in research, communication, and innovation. This innovative program offers a new approach to liberal arts education by creating courses dedicated to integrative, problem-based learning. Interdisciplinary and team-taught, each of the four courses in the Honors core approaches a single issue from the multiple perspectives afforded by three professors who come from different disciplines. The core offerings change every three years as faculty tackle newly pressing issues. Students then apply their training in interdisciplinary problem solving in a challenge course in which they form teams to pursue a collaborative project and in a senior capstone in their major. The program admitted its first class in Fall 2014.
Interested students must complete an application that includes several essays, and admission is based upon excellence in their high school academic performance and documented potential for high performance as undergraduate students. Enrollment is limited to 45 students, who receive a guaranteed $20,000 scholarship and may be eligible for financial aid. Students entering the program must complete the designated Honors coursework with a grade of B or better in each of the Honors courses and a cumulative GPA of 3.67 or above.
For more information, contact the American University Honors Program at 202-885-6194.