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Undergraduate Honors Program

Six SIS Honors students stand next to each other smiling in their caps and gowns after graduating

The School of International Service (SIS) Honors program is designed for a small group of high-performing, intellectually curious SIS juniors and seniors who seek out and will stand to benefit from additional academic challenges. These challenges include a 12-credit sequence of courses, including two Honors colloquia and a six-credit Senior Honors Project. All Honors courses count toward SIS degree requirements; thus participating in the program does not increase the total number of credits required to graduate. Students graduate with Honors in SIS upon successful completion of degree and program requirements. A notation of "Honors in SIS" will appear on the diploma and transcript, and students will be recognized in the commencement ceremony bulletin. 

Students should apply for the program during the second semester of their sophomore year. The following students are eligible to apply:

  • Desire to undertake a significant independent research project during the senior year
  • Declared SIS major
  • Major GPA of 3.67 or above and overall GPA of 3.50 or above
  • Second-semester sophomore standing (at least 45 earned credit hours)
  • Successful completion of SISU-206 (Introduction to International Studies Research)

Students participating in other Honors and Scholars programs on campus who meet the above criteria are eligible to apply for SIS Honors. Transfer students who meet the above criteria are eligible to apply after they have earned 15 credit hours at AU.