Departmental Honors Requirements


  • declared Geography major
  • Senior academic standing (completion of at least 90 hours) during the semester Geography 4996H or Geography 4997H is taken
  • 3.3 or above cumulative GPA (at the time of application and maintained until graduation)
  • 3.5 or above GPA in MU Geography courses
    • students are not required to be enrolled in the Honors College to participate in the departmental honors program

Action to take in the semester prior to pursuing departmental honors

  • interested student submits a written proposal for a substantial project involving original research to a tenured, tenure-track, or NTT faculty member working in the student’s area of interest
  • the faculty mentor must agree to supervise the project…faculty members are not obligated to supervise honors projects         
  • student provides the Director of Undergraduate Studies hard copies of the proposal and an unofficial transcript, after receiving approval from the supervising professor

To receive departmental honors

  • register for and successfully complete three-credit hours of Geography 4996H or Geography 4997H (Honors: Geography)
  • before a Geography 4996H or Geography 4997H grade is submitted, the student must present their research to the department (either through a short colloquium, research poster display, or alternate method approved by the supervising professor)