Honors

Dean's List

Students who earn a term grade point average of 3.5 or above in a program of at least 14 credits with at least 12 graded credits will be placed on the Dean's List for academic excellence. An appropriate notation is made on the students' academic records. Letters are sent to parents.

General Honors

Students may receive general honors, departmental honors, or both at graduation. General honors are awarded to students with cumulative grade point averages of 3.50 or better. An initial list of honorees is prepared by the Registrar’s Office in March. The final determination is made after all grades have been reported. Departments set their own standards for the award of departmental honors. Students should consult with Director of Undergraduate Studies for their major about the requirements for honors.

General honors are noted on a student’s academic record following the student’s last undergraduate semester before graduation. In addition, honors are noted in the Commencement program. However, because the program is printed several weeks before the date of Commencement, not all honors are announced in time for inclusion in the program.

Departmental Honors

Many departments provide the opportunity to earn departmental honors, which are usually based on cumulative G.P.A. and a senior thesis or project. If you qualify for honors, check your departmental homepage for more information, because departmental liaisons may require different information than described below (example: Biology).

If you believe that you qualify for honors in your major(s), follow these steps:

  • Seniors, download the Honors Clearance Form and Honors GPA Worksheet below.
  • Get an unofficial transcript from the registrar.
  • If honors in your major require a certain minimal GPA, complete the Honors GPA Worksheet, using the information on the transcript.
  • Find the name and location of the DUS or designated faculty member who oversees departmental honors in your major: Honors Liaisons. Contact the listed faculty member to meet and have him/her complete the honors clearance form and sign it. The faculty member will also need to make sure that your honors requirement in Degree Audit has been satisfied (indicated by a green checkmark).
  • Bring the signed Honors Clearance form to Academic Advising by the end of March for May graduates and no later than the end of November for December graduates.
  • If you are not certain whether you qualify for departmental honors, go to the appropriate checklist on this website where the honors requirements in your major(s) are provided.

Directors of Undergraduate Studies (DUS)/ designated faculty member for Honors Clearance
Honors Clearance Form
Honors GPA Worksheet (pdf format)

Don't know if you qualify for honors? Go to the appropriate checklist for honors requirements in your major/s.

Phi Beta Kappa

Phi Beta Kappa, founded in 1776, is the oldest and most prestigious of the honor societies with chapters in 270 colleges and universities in the United States. “Its campus chapters invite for induction the most outstanding arts and sciences students…” The Johns Hopkins University chapter, Alpha of Maryland, was founded in 1895. Each spring, the Committee meets to elect its new members, evaluating upperclassmen on their dedication to learning, willingness to challenge themselves, and their high cumulative grade point average. To be considered as a junior, one must have completed five semesters at Hopkins with a minimum of 48 graded credits. Seniors must have signified their intent to graduate and be officially listed on the graduation list. They also must meet the residency requirement of 48 graded credits. At the time of consideration, the student’s transcript must be complete without M or I grades as these can adversely affect the GPA. Even though they may satisfy the criteria for election, students with known ethical and disciplinary issues will not be considered. Students who are selected will be notified. They do not apply, and the specific criteria for selection are not shared with students.

Phi Beta Kappa National Website: https://www.pbk.org/home/index.aspx

Discipline Specific Honor Societies

Arts and Sciences Honor Societies
BETA BETA BETA
Beta Beta Beta, the National Biological Honor Society, is dedicated to improving the understanding of biology and the appreciation of biological research. The society, founded in 1922, now has more than 175,000 lifetime members and over 430 chapters throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. The Rho Phi chapter of the society was installed at Johns Hopkins in 2000, and is open to qualified applicants regardless of major. Beta Beta Beta publishes a journal, BIOS, and holds regular regional and national meetings.

For more information, please visit: http://www.tri-beta.org.

PHI ALPHA THETA
The History Honor Society, Phi Alpha Theta, is one of the most distinguished undergraduate honor societies in the United States. Founded at the University of Arkansas in 1921 and devoted to the promotion of history, it has more than 800 active chapters, including one at Johns Hopkins established last year, and more than 275,000 members. It publishes a highly respectable journal, The Historian, and a quarterly newsletter.

For more information, please visit: http://www.phialphatheta.org

NEUROSCIENCE
Nu Rho Psi—the Johns Hopkins University Undergraduate Society for Neuroscience—draws its founding principles from the Society for Neuroscience, including its “scientific, educational, literary [and] charitable” purposes. The society is a gathering of neuroscience students and faculty devoted to the study of cellular and molecular processes, the biological networks of the nervous system, computational approaches to the mind, and the phenomena of cognition.

There is an honors component to the Society whereby a student who excels in all areas of the Society including research, community service, and academics can receive Nu Rho Psi honors, which will be acknowledged at graduation.

Engineering Honor Societies
TAU BETA PI
Tau Beta Pi is the national engineering honor society. Students in the top eighth of the junior class and top fifth of the senior class are eligible for membership.

For more information, visit the Engineering Advising Home Page at: http://engineering.jhu.edu/academicaffairs/2_undergrad/