Frequently Asked Questions

For any questions that are not answered here, please email us at honors@byu.edu or call us at 801-422-5497.

General

What is the Honors Program?

Why choose an Honors education?

How do I enroll?

Is there an application process?

Is there Honors Housing?

This program seems different than what I have heard about before. Why is that?

What are the requirements to graduate with Honors?

Explore Stage

What class should I take my first semester?

Transfer / Late Joining Students

Can transfer / late joining students do the Honors Program?

Are the requirements different for transfer / late joining students?

Graduation

What does it mean to graduate with Honors?

Answers

What is the Honors Program?
The Honors Program provides a rich and challenging experience for capable and motivated undergraduate students. Its purpose is to broaden and deepen the educational experience of students, to develop the intellectual integrity and moral character that define disciple-scholarship. An Honors education is not merely a more intensive general education or a more strenuous program in a major. Rather, it grounds students in broader interdisciplinary inquiry that strengthens leadership and encourages the integration of faith, intellect, and character.

 

Why choose an Honors Education?

"University Honors" is a distinction awarded to graduates of BYU who have met the honors program requirements. This prestigious designation is recorded on the university diploma, on the official transcript of grades, and in the University Commencement program. It is widely recognized as an indication of exceptional academic achievement and marks the highest baccalaureate distinction BYU awards.

A BYU Honors education benefits students by:

  • broadening and deepening the educational experience
  • increasing students' awareness of disciplines beyond their home major with an interdisciplinary approach
  • exploring questions which develop habits of lifelong learning
  • making connections, and using facts and sound reasoning to develop an understanding of the world
  • developing the intellectual integrity and moral character that define disciple-scholarship

 

How do I enroll?
You enroll by doing one of two things. First, you can do the online enrollment and fill out the enrollment form at the end. It's as easy as that! Second you can come into the Honors Advisement Center on BYU Campus in the Maeser Building room 102 anytime.

 

Is there an application process?
There is not an application process. It is an open enrollment program and so anyone who wants to join can. All you have to do is fill out an enrollment form at the end of the online enrollment or come in and see us at the Honors Advisement Center on BYU Campus in the Maeser Building room 102 anytime.

 

Is there Honors Housing?
No. There is not Honors Housing. Honors students may choose to live where they so desire.

 

This program seems different than what I have heard about before. Why is that?
In 2014, the University launched new program and curriculum requirements for Honors. The new program is designed to better prepare students for the demands they will face in their post baccalaureate careers to integrate knowledge from diverse sources and disciplines, rather than taking a collection of unrelated, discipline-specific courses. Instead, the new Honors core curriculum emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach to address the broad, significant questions that have animated human civilization for centuries. The program is also designed to better integrate work students are already doing in their home disciplines, reduce time to graduation, and use University resources more efficiently.

 

What are the requirements to graduate with Honors?
The requirement checklist to graduate with University Honors is found by clicking here.

 

What class should I take my first semester?
We recommend that all incoming freshman take HONRS 120: Freshman Honors their first or second semester. This will introduce you to the Honors Program and is part of the required course load. Transfer / late joining students see the transfer section.

 

Can transfer / late joining students do the Honors Program?
Transfer / late joining students are more than welcome to join the Honors Program. You will just have a little less time to fulfill the requirements than incoming freshman but it definitely is possible. For more information, see here.

 

Are the requirements different for transfer / late joining students?
The requirements changed are in two tiers, 30+ transfer credit and 60+ transfer credit. For what those changes are see here. NOTE: AP/IB/concurrent enrollment credit does not count as transfer credit.

 

What does it mean to graduate with Honors?
To graduate with University Honors is a large recognition that BYU gives to those that complete the requirements of the Honors Program. Those that graduate with Honors will be recognized at graduation, receive a Honors Diploma and medallion, and have their Honors Thesis title put on their transcript.