Departmental Honors

The Departmental Honors Program is designed for students who have begun upper division work or courses within a declared major.

Twenty-four departments on campus offer this advanced specialization within their discipline. The program permits eligible students to participate in the Honors College by taking 12 hours of advanced work within their major and/or area of interest.

Departmental Honors classes are primarily individualized course sections, research, independent study, and thesis supervised by professors who are distinguished in their field. Departmental Honors allows students to pursue areas of personal interest by delving deeply and independently into a topic.

Admission Criteria

Students must meet the following criteria for admission to Departmental Honors:

  • Attain a 3.5 or higher grade point average on a 4.0 scale for at least 12 hours of coursework undertaken at Eastern Illinois University, and
  • Permission of both the Departmental Honors Coordinator and the Dean of the Honors College.

Transfer students who have not completed 12 hours at EIU may obtain probationary admittance with the recommendation of the Departmental Honors Coordinator.

Honors Requirements

Program requirements vary slightly within the departments, but generally require 12 hours of coursework in independent study, research, graduate work, and thesis. Courses typically substitute for major requirements.

The Departmental Honors Coordinator is the primary supervisor for the program. Departmental Honors provides students with an exceptional opportunity for interaction and mentoring by faculty who are paramount in their field.

The Application for Departmental Honors must be completed by the Departmental Honors Coordinator in consultation with the student.

Programs and Coordinators

For more details on specific program requirements, please contact the Departmental Honors Coordinators in the specific department.

Graduation Certification

Students who have completed the Departmental Honors requirements and have a 3.5 GPA at graduation will be certified as graduates of the Honors College.