Departmental Honors

Students pursuing Departmental Honors earn honors credit within their major field of study, completing anywhere between 12-26 credits. Credits earned while completing departmental honors have the potential to satisfy both requirements of the Honors College and the student's major field of study. 

To graduate with Departmental Honors, students will need to complete the required number of honors credits (determined by the academic department) along with a HON 42xx level honors seminar and a thesis course. Students must maintain a 3.3 cumulative GPA to graduate with Departmental Honors (unless noted by the department). All students requesting a block lift must complete this online form.

Honors recommends first checking with your departmental advisor to confirm all requirements needed before starting Departmental Honors.  

If you have any questions, feel free to call the Honors College at 313-577-3030 or email

Departmental Honors tracks

Below is a list of all academic departments that offer Departmental Honors:

Mike Ilitch School of Business

College of Education

All information for the College of Education Departmental Honors tracks.

  • Health Education
  • Kinesiology
  • Elementary Education
  • Special Education
  • Community Health
  • Early and Elementary Education
  • Exercise and Sport Science
  • Health and Physical Education Teaching
  • Secondary Education
  • Special Education
  • Sport Management

College of Engineering

College for Fine, Performing and Communication Arts

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

College of Nursing

Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

School of Social Work