Departmental Honors

The Departmental Honors Program allows students who have made their academic mark while at Niagara benefit from the two-semester Honors Thesis experience. Students who have attained a 3.5 GPA or better at the close of their third year of study may join the Departmental Honors Program.

Department Chairs are asked to review their third-year student rosters to indicate those students who meet this 3.5 GPA standard.

Any student dismissed from the honors program can apply by the first semester of their fourth year to conduct a Departmental Honors Thesis. The student will need to have a 3.5 GPA in their major field to be selected by their department to conduct this two-semester honors thesis. This alternative affords a student the opportunity to graduate with departmental honors in their major field. All procedures applicable to the University Honors Thesis apply to the Departmental Honors Thesis.

Current Niagara University students who qualify should contact their departmental chair or the University Honors Office; Dr. Michael Barnwell, UH Director or Wendy O'Malley, UH Coordinator.

But Why Should You Bother?  Admissions committees in graduate schools, medical schools, and law schools and employers in the business world put great weight in an undergraduate's research skill development. Admissions committees and employers alike will look with great interest on any applicant that can reveal the types of advanced research skills that a departmental honors thesis experience provides.