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  1. Learn the requirements of your Upper Division Program below.
  2. Declare your plans with the Honors College
  3. Have questions?  Schedule an appointment with the Upper Division Academic Advisor. 



The baseline requirements for Upper Division Honors Distinction are:

  • 12 hours of 3000/4000-level Honors coursework, including 3-6 thesis hours
  • Honors Thesis Project
  • 3.50 cumulative and LSU GPA
  • 3.50 GPA in Upper Division program courses

Several major departments have designated specific programs of study for their Upper Division Programs beyond the baseline requirements for Upper Division Honors Distinction. Synopses of such departmental program requirements are listed below. Full requirements may be obtained directly from departments.  

In majors without established Upper Division programs, the baseline requirements (above) should be followed.

International Studies

Hours Required


Additional Rules

  • Students should first declare their interest in graduating with Honors to the Associate Director of International Studies and to the Upper Division Academic Advisor in the Honors College, the latter via the Upper Division Declaration Form.
  • Students should commence the Upper Division Honors program in their junior year and should be at least three semesters away from graduation.
  • Students should have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 to begin the Honors program. They are also required to maintain a GPA of 3.5 while enrolled in the program.
  • At least 12 hours of Honors work must be conducted in International Studies. 6-9 hours should be in upper-level International Studies courses taken as Honors Options and 3-6 in thesis hours. International Studies courses are defined as classes that count towards the regional and global concentrations. Some of these courses may not be listed on the student's degree audit but may be considered as International Studies classes following a degree substitution approved by an International Studies Advisor.
  • Students will have the option of completing their thesis in one or two semesters. The length of the thesis will be determined in consultation with the thesis director.
  • The thesis (or "examining") committee will consist of three faculty members. A minimum of two members of the committee, including the thesis director, should be from International Studies. The thesis committee should also include faculty from at least two different departments.

Thesis Courses Available

HNRS 4000