Honors in Psychology

College Honors and Department Honors

There are two ways in which a student graduating with a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology can graduate with honors. First, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) awards the honor of graduating “with distinction” primarily based on the student having a high overall grade point average.

The second form of honors, “Latin honors,” is awarded by individual departments within CLAS, including psychology. The CU Denver Department of Psychology has approved a very rigorous set of requirements for Latin honors, also based on overall GPA.  Level of Latin Honors will be awarded to both Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Science graduates according to the following criteria: 

  • Summa Cum Laude:            3.9 - 4.0  Honors related words on a document

  • Magna Cum Laude:              3.75 - 3.89

  • Cum Laude:                          3.6 - 3.74


Students who wish to participate in Psychology research, please see the Gardner Psychology Research Scholar opportunity for the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences also awards honors—see CLAS Undergraduate Academic Honors.

Rev. 05/21