Honors programs and colleges across the country offer students a different way to do their  degree, designed to be measurably broader, deeper, or more complex than traditional college-level learning. 

The Cohen Honors College offers students a small college environment with the resources of a research university and the flexibility to choose an honors academic path.

Above all, Cohen Honors students are challenged to do more meaningful work in classes and beyond. And they are expected to work to be intellectual, professional, innovative, and transformative, upholding the Honors pillars and abilities established in the student-written Honors College Charter.

Honors Curriculum Paths

Several different Honors curriculum paths comprised of courses that meet general education or major requirements allow you to choose how you earn honors. This means a student in any major can earn an Honors College distinction by taking at least 12 credits to complete an Honors track or 24 or more credits to be awarded the more ambitious University Honors minor or Honors Baccalaureate degree.

Visit the Types of Honors Courses page for information about Honors classes.

  • University Honors - general and advanced honors study with research and applied learning
  • Honors Science - coming soon
  • Honors Baccalaureate - interdisciplinary major and thesis project designed by the student with faculty approval
Not sure where to start?  
  • Most students start with general study in the Emory Lindquist Honors Scholar track, which requires an Honors seminar, elective courses, and a research experience.
  • Any student may start with advanced scholarship in leadership, law and public policy, design-your-own interdisciplinary honors, or departmental honors (in the major).
  • Students who complete both general study and advanced scholarship Honors tracks earn a minor in University Honors.
  • Ambitious students interested in designing their own interdisciplinary major and completing a thesis project are encouraged to consider the Honors Baccalaureate degree.

To begin planning your Honors course of study, review the Honors requirements planning sheets available on the Honors College forms directory page.

Email the Honors Academic Advisor to schedule an appointment to talk about your Honors path.

Detailed requirements are listed in the Honors College section of the current undergraduate catalog.