LAS Honors program requirements

An overview of the requirements is provided below. All LAS James Scholars are responsible for familiarizing themselves with the complete LAS Honors Student Handbook, which includes further requirement details and examples.

  • Students must be full-time (12 credit hours per semester) to retain eligibility in the James Scholar Program. Underloads (semesters below 12 hours) are allowed if approved by the College of LAS.
  • Students must have a cumulative University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign GPA of 3.30 at the end of every academic year to meet the GPA requirement of the James Scholar Program in LAS. At the completion of their first semester at Illinois, first-year LAS James Scholars must have an Illinois cumulative GPA of at least 3.1 in order to continue as a James Scholar.
  • Illinois Code of Conduct on Academic Integrity and the LAS James Scholar Program: James Scholars and nominees are held responsible for adherence to the rules for Academic Integrity at Illinois (Code of Policies and Regulations Applying to all Students, Article 1, Part 4). Students who are found to have been penalized within the scope of Article 1, Part 4 will automatically forfeit their LAS James Scholar membership and privileges.

Visit the LAS Honors FAQ page for more information about James Scholar requirements.



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Honors point options

LAS James Scholars will earn honors points in both academic and enrichment point categories.

Academic categories

Enrichment categories

Academic or enrichment categories