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Honors Program

The USU Honors program seeks to enrich the education of students through one-on-one work with professors, more discussion-based classes, and the opportunity to work with other students who are equally as curious and eager to learn about the world around them.

Honors students are encouraged to conduct original research and are often eligible for fellowship funding only available to Honors students. Participating in the Honors Program allows students to partner with faculty mentors and provides a competitive edge in the job market and for those pursuing graduate studies.

Once Honors students enter upper-division coursework in their majors, they begin Departmental Honors. While the university honors program requires students to maintain a 3.30 GPA, students admitted to the JCOM Honors Program are required to have a cumulative 3.50 GPA.

Departmental Honors Advisor

Deb Jenson

Program of Study

The 15-credit requirement for Honors in Journalism and Communication is met by successfully completing contracts in the following courses:

  • 9 credits must be taken in upper-division coursework inside the department
  • 3 Honors credits must be taken under HONR 4900, Senior Thesis/Project
  • 1 credit of JCOM 4000, Senior Seminar

The balance of the 15 credits may be taken outside the department, with the Departmental Honors Advisor's approval. 

Nothing lower than a B grade is acceptable in courses in which an Honors contract is being completed. Students who fail to complete a contract, once entered into with a faculty member, will be placed on academic probation for one semester.

Requirements for Completion of Degree

The successful candidate will graduate with a cumulative GPA of 3.3 and a GPA of 3.5 in major and upper-division Honors course work and will complete and present in a public forum an Honors thesis/project. Many students have found it helpful to relate the courses taken on Honors contract to the final thesis/project.