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Honors in Art

Departmental honors programs offer students the opportunity to do an independent research, critical, or creative project on a topic of the student's choice.


An applicant must have and maintain a minimum overall GPA of at least 3.00, and a minimum GPA in the major within the department of 3.25. Exceptions to these minimum standards may be made but students thus admitted will be considered to have only probationary status.

Written applications for admission must be submitted to the department chair who will, after review, refer them to the chair of the department Honors Committee.

Students may apply for admission between the fourth and sixth semesters.

Honors Program Committee

​This committee, comprised of three area coordinators, will, in the presence of the candidate, evaluate the project for honors. The final grade for the project is the sole responsibility of the faculty member(s) guiding the candidate.


The student shall undertake a substantial piece of directed art work or research in a two-semester, six-credit independent study course (ART 490 or 491) taken, normally, during the student's last two semesters. A detailed description of the proposal must be submitted on the standard independent study form the semester before the program is to begin. Due dates for proposals must comply with those set by the College Honors Program.

The advisor(s) will give the student their individual guidelines for the specific honors project. A copy of these guidelines must accompany the student's application.

The project should encourage, when applicable, the student's use of galleries, museums, libraries and archives in the geographic area.

The student's advisor(s) will meet with the student regularly through both semesters to discuss and evaluate the work in progress.

The completed project will be presented by the student to the department Honors Committee, which will evaluate the work for honors in the presence of the student. Questions, responses and general discussion are required.

The student shall give the Art Department a copy of the approved completed project. Written projects should be inexpensively bound; studio projects should be recorded by slides placed in plastic holders in an appropriate cover.

Students whose GPA falls below 3.00 shall be dismissed from the program, as will those failing to complete the project on time. Appeals for reinstatement may be made to the department Honors Committee and to the Department Chair.

Students whose completed projects are not accepted for honors shall receive six elective credits in Art 490 or 491. Those finishing only one semester in the program may appeal to the department Honors committee for up to three elective credits.

Page last updated: November 18, 2015