Honors Recognitions & Distinctions

Honors College students are encouraged to work toward a special honors recognition that awards their mastery of the honors curriculum. Honors recognitions are recorded on transcripts and acknowledged during the Honors College graduation ceremony and the university’s commencement.

Honors recognitions require 3.3 grade point averages overall and in honors coursework. No courses with grades of D or F may be applied toward the satisfaction of the requirements for honors recognitions.

Incoming first-year honors students are required to enroll in Honors 1000, a 1-hour seminar that introduces students to research-based academic work in the disciplines.


Students admitted to the Honors College for Fall 2019 and beyond will have the opportunity to work toward one of two newly created laureates.

The Honors Laureate is conferred to students who complete at least 24 credit hours of coursework in honors courses at Georgia State University. Honors credits can be completed in lower division courses to fulfill the core, in upper division courses to fulfill the major or in electives.

No more than 12 hours of lower division credit and no less than six hours of credit in HON 3000 to 4000 courses may be applied to the Honors Laureate recognition.

The Research Laureate is conferred to students who complete an honors thesis as part of the Honors Laureate requirements plus one other research activity as specified below. The Research Laureate does not require additional credit requirements beyond the Honors Laureate; it specifies that students take one or both research courses (HON 4870;4880) within the required minimum of 24 hours.

Students who wish to be recognized as a Research Laureate would also need to complete one of three other research activities:

  1. Present work at the Georgia State Undergraduate Research Conference (GSURC)
  2. Submit a manuscript to DISCOVERY, the Honors College Research Journal
  3. Present at a professional or student-oriented research conference

Your Guide to Honors Laureates 

Students admitted to the Honors College prior to Fall 2019 will continue to work on the previous catalogs’ distinctions.

Granted to students who complete at least 12 credit hours of course work in lower-division honors classes at Georgia State University in addition to Honors 1000.

Upper level Honors courses cannot be used for this distinction.

Granted to students who complete at least 12 semester hours of honors course work at the upper division, plus two honors colloquiums. A maximum of nine hours of honors dimensions and a maximum of nine semester hours of graduate courses may be applied toward this recognition.

Lower level Honors courses cannot be used for this distinction.

Participating in undergraduate research will not only afford you the opportunity to enhance professional skills in your field, but also give you the chance to earn an additional distinction.Upon completion of the Advanced Honors requirement and an undergraduate honors thesis project, students will be granted the Research distinction. The undergraduate honors thesis project coursework consists of Honors Thesis Research (4870) and Honors Thesis Writing (4880).

Your Guide to Tiers of Distinctions 


If you have questions about the recognitions or distinctions, or which of these you should pursue, make an appointment with your Honors advisor. Contact the Honors College at (404) 413-5577.