This section provides a brief overview of the requirements to graduate with University Honors. Staff in the Honors Program Advisement Center, 102 MSRB, (801) 422-5497, are available on a walk-in basis to answer questions about the program.

To graduate with University Honors, a student must be an admitted daytime student who maintains a 3.0 or higher GPA throughout the program and completes all of the requirements below or see requirements here.  Students must earn a B or higher in Honors courses for Honors Program credit.

Requirements: Leadership

Complete one of the following options:
Option 1: Complete 2 courses

  • HONRS 310: Foundations of Interdisciplinary Leadership (1.0 credit)
  • HONRS 390R: Honors Leadership Practicum (3.0 credits)


Option 2: Complete 1 course

  • HONRS 391R: Honors Student Leadership Council (4.0 credits, 2 semesters, by application only)

Requirements: Thesis

Honors Thesis

Complete an original research project or creative work that is mentored by a faculty member.

  • Submit a Thesis Proposal
  • Defend your Thesis and pass
  • Publish your work or project after successfully defending your thesis, see published Honors theses here.

    Thesis Funding

    • Research: You may request up to $1200 in research funds from the Honors Program to support your research, if the funds serve a bona fide research purpose. Please work closely with your advisor to develop a budget, and specify how you will use Honors program funding in your thesis proposal. See Thesis Proposal guidelines for additional information.
    • Culminating Experiences: Students presenting thesis research at academic conferences, or those seeking off-campus publication venues, may request up to $1000 in support funds for these culminating experiences. This requires a separate conference funding request form.

    Thesis Proposal Samples


    Accounting Auditing Companies with Poor Internal Control: Examining Audit Fees, Material Weaknesses, and Accounting Firms
    Accounting The Imposter Phenomenon among Business Students and Its Workplace Implications
    Finance The Effects of Mergers and Acquisitions on the Short-Term Volatility of Security Prices
    Human Resources Management A Deeper Look into the Formation of Psychological Contracts: A Process Theory
    Information Systems Building the Future of Real Estate Through the Blockchain
    Information Systems Crowdsourced Space Rental Web Application
    Strategic Management Potential Applications of Blockchain Technology as Illustrated through a Sales Leads Business Case


    Communication Disorders Using Electropalatography to Analyze Intra-Speaker Variability in German L2 Fricative Production

    Engineering & Technology

    Chemical Engineering Development and Validation of Molecular Dynamics Simulation for FLiNaK
    Civil Engineering Santaquin City Trail Corridor and Right-of-Way Design
    Computer Engineering Adaptable ICSHK with Irregular QAM Constellations
    Computer Engineering Deep Learning for Acceleration of Spectrally-Sensitive MRI
    Electrical Engineering Increasing Isolation Between Closely Spaced Plantar Tx/Rx Antennas
    Manufacturing Engineering Novel Methods for Composite Recycling via Pyrolysis
    Mechanical Engineering Resolving Pseudosymmetry in y-TiA1 using Cross-Correlation Electron Backscatter Diffraction with Dynamically Simulated Reference Patterns
    Mechanical Engineering Development of a Mid-Fidelity Aerodynamics Model of a Blown Wing

    Family, Home and Social Science

    Anthropology Egalitarian Competition: Ethnography of a Korean Classroom
    Anthropology Money Talks: A Survey of Nabataean Coin Iconography
    Economics Learning Outcomes, Data Collection, and Analytical Possibilities for Pratham's Hamara Gaon Educational Interventions in India
    Economics Where We Come From and Where We Go: The Impact of Country of Origin on Immigrants' Perceptions and Performance in School
    Family Life How Maternal Gatekeeping and Media Conflict Affect Media Monitoring in a Co-parental Context
    Family Studies How parental sexual passion style relates to communication about sex with children and child-parent disclosure about sexuality
    Geography Correlating NDVI to Forest Fires in British Columbia, Canada
    Geography Dictators Employing Memorialization in the Human Landscape: A Case Study on Saddam Hussein's Regime, 1979-'03
    Global Studies A comparison of the Political, Economic and Cultural Development of Japan and Thailand through Human Development Indexing
    History Musical Conquest: The Use of Music in the Spiritual Conquest of the Nahua People
    Neuroscience Madness and Independent Thought in Russian Literature
    Neuroscience Synthesis of candidate natural Killer T cells ligands utilizing novel tandem Staudinger and aziridine formation reaction
    Political Science Modifying Just War Theory: The Use of Special Operations within the Modern Battlefield
    Political Science The Stranger at the Door: Immigration and Christian Obligation
    Psychology The Effects of Atmospheroc Pollutant Levels on Cognitive Processes from Memory Search Tasks: A Comparison of Two EEG Analytical Methods, Standard ERP Component Analysis and the Whole-Wave Cognitive Spectral Bands Approach to Analysis
    Psychology Exploring the Relationship Between Alcohol, Sexual Assault, and Religiosity on College Campuses
    Sociology Country-Level Analysis of Differences in Educational Achievement between East and Southeast Asia
    Sociology Flood Management in Informal Urban Settlements in Sub-Saharan Africa

    Fine Arts and Communications

    Advertising On Personal Identity and Persuasive Media
    Art History Willing Submission: The Birdcage as a Signifier in Ambrogio Lorenzetti's "Effects of Good Government"
    Art Expressing Distance through Architecture
    Communications A Gender and Racial Analysis of Broadcast TV Meteorologists
    Communications Wretched Little Ones: A Novel
    Dance The Ballroom Bonus: A Qualitative and Journalistic Study of the Benefits of Ballroom Dance in Utah Valley Public Schools
    Graphic Design Visualizing Cognitive Loads
    Media Arts Studies Father of Man: An Exploration of the Afterlife in Cinema
    Media Arts Studies Passenger Seat
    Music Education K-12 Perceptions of Talking Time in Choir Rehearsal
    Music A Fascination With Our Dead: Addressing the Discord Between Modern Music and Museum Culture
    Music Sacred Sounds: A Compassionate Listening Guide to Musical Worship


    Chinese Marketing and the Impacts of Chinese Culture: A Business Guide for Western Companies From a Macro to Micro Perspective
    Classical Studies Telling The Story of a Forgotten Martyr: Step One
    Classical Studies Luke as a Redactionist: Mark 14:36 and Luke 22:42
    English Redeem Your Empty Bottles Here
    English Stuck in Adultus
    Interdisciplinary Humanities A Translation of and Reflection on No hay isla feliz
    Interdisciplinary Humanities Postmodern and Early Modern Confessions: Derrida's Parergon and Calderon de la Barca's Literary Frames
    Japanese A Comparative Analysis of the Japanese Criminal Justice System
    Linguistics Accepting Konglish: Emerging Conceptions of Korean Linguistic Identity
    Philosophy Coherentism and the Problem of the Plurality: Justifying Religious Belief in the Face of Arbitrariness
    Portuguese Pages of the Revolution: Symbolism in Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen's O Nome das Coisas
    Spanish The Limitations and Capabilities of Hispanics and Dentists in Imporving Hispanic Oral Health in the U.S.

    International Studies

    Asian Studies The Southeast Asain Response to Chinese Aggressions in the South China Sea
    German Studies The Mosquito and the Rose: Similar Themes in the Writings of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Kobayashi Issa
    International Relations Reciprocal Empathy: Reversing Animosity Towards Immigrant Outgroups
    International Relations Populism and Political Palimpsest: France's Revolutionary Political Culture

    Life Sciences

    Bioinformatics Genomewide prediction of jasmonate-related and tissue-specific cis elements and their cognate transcription factors in Nicotiana Attenuata
    Bioinformatics Predictors of psychisocial and physiological distress incolorectal cancer patients
    Biology Does negative frequency-dependent selection maintain male polymorphism in the livebearing fish Xenophallus umbratilis?
    Dietetics Documenting Foodservice Operations at Camp Morrison
    Environmental Science Jewelry, Stability, and Gender Equality: Uganda
    Exercise Science In vitro characterization of ovarian cancer cell drug resistance to microtubule-disrupting agent FROST450, an experimental therapeutic
    Microbiology Exploring Melatonin as a Treatment for Oral Ulcers
    Molecular Biology A comparison of the epigenetic marks of Diabetics and Sleep Apnea
    Molecular Biology Qualitative Analysis of Caregivers Receiving an Educational Intervention on RHD in Samoa
    Nutritional Science College students' report of canned foods being used in their childhood households and their current understandings, perceptions, and usage of such goods
    Physiology and Developmental Biology The Effect of Overexpression of IRF5 on B-Cell Inflammatory and Co-Stimulatory Activity
    Physiology and Developmental Biology The Effects of Student Emotional Maturity on Their Perception of Test Question Fairness: an fMRI and Focus Group Study
    Public Health Epistasis of Alzheimer's Disease
    Public Health Occupational Exposures in Relation to Alzheimer's Disease Mortality


    Nursing A Descriptive Study of Male Victims of Sexual Assault Seen for a Sexual Assault Forensic Medical Examination

    Physical and Mathematical Sciences

    Applied Statistics and Analytics Clustering Healthcare Costs by Disease
    Computer Science Improving Parkinson's Desease Prediction By Leveraging Disparate Datasets
    Computer Science Multi-DDPG Humanoid Control
    Geology Analyzing Carbonate Strandplain on Crooked Islands, Bahamas by Implementing Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) Imaging and Core Sampling
    Mathematics (ACME) A Statistical and Machine Learning Analysis of Opiate Prescription for Chronic Degenerative Disease and/or Other Pain Syndromes
    Mathematics (ACME) Using Group Affinity to Predict Community Formation in Social Networks
    Physics Gamma-ray Bursts in Inhomogeneous Interstellar Media
    Physics Order in Chaos: An Algorithmic Approach to Flocking Behavior
    Statistics Racial and Cultural Differences: Factors associated with Positive and negative views of campus climate