PODCAST UPDATE: The School of Journalism and Communication is working on creating an honors program. More information will be posted, when available. In the meantime, contact Prof. Kim Sheehan to find out more.
Hello and welcome to “Quick Question,” the jcomm advising podcast. Today’s quick question is about graduating with honors. What academic honors can I earn?
There are at least three types of academic honors you can earn as a student at the University of Oregon. The first is through your academic department. This is called “departmental honors.” The journalism school does not award departmental honors.
The second type is through the University of Oregon. There are several different honors you can achieve through the university. The Dean’s List and Latin Honors are just two examples and both are determined by GPA. The Dean’s List is announced after every fall, winter and spring terms. It recognizes undergraduates who earn at least a 3.75 term GPA.
Most people are aware of Latin Honors. This is awarded to graduating students who completed at least 90 credits at the University. This distinction is determined by your cumulative UO GPA and how it stands in relation to your graduation class. The top 2 percent of the graduation class is awarded summa cum laude. The top 5 percent is awarded magna cum laude. The top 10 percent is awarded cum laude. Because the distinction is awarded based on your percentile rankings, there is no set GPA cut-off. What constitutes cum laude for one term can be different for another, depending on who’s graduating that term.
The third type of honors is membership in an honor society. There are numerous honor societies. Journalism students in particular may be invited to join Kappa Tau Alpha, a national honor society that recognizes high scholastic and professional standards among journalism majors. Membership is by invitation and the student needs to be in the top 10 percent of the school. These are just a few examples of honors you may receive during your time at the University of Oregon. This is, by no means, an exhaustive list.
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