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Executive Dean's List

Each regular semester (excluding summer sessions), the College of Arts and Sciences recognizes those students whose semester GPA qualifies them for the Executive Dean's List. Students who qualify will be notified of this honor. Eligibility requirements include completion of at least 12 graded credit hours in each semester under review, and earning a minimum of a 3.700 semester GPA. Current Executive Dean’s List »

Degrees Awarded with Distinction

The College recognizes outstanding performance in course work by awarding Bachelor’s degrees with three levels of distinction: Distinction, High Distinction, and Highest Distinction. Students must have a minimum of 60 graded credit hours at Indiana University to be considered for degrees with distinction.

Departmental Honors Programs

Outstanding students can pursue independent study and research during their junior and senior years through honors programs in most departments of the College of Arts and Sciences. Ordinarily, students apply for admission to an honors program in the second semester of their sophomore year or in the first semester of their junior year. Students must have a minimum College of Arts and Sciences grade point average of 3.300 and the approval of the department chairperson or departmental honors committee for admission and must maintain this minimum average to be graduated with honors.  A potential candidate for honors should consult as soon as possible with the departmental honors advisor or the chairperson of the department about requirements. Programs vary somewhat among departments.

Phi Beta Kappa

Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest and most prestigious national academic honor society in the United States, and celebrates and advocates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. The Society sponsors activities to advance these studies — the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences — in higher education and in society at large.  Twice each year, faculty electors review the academic records of senior degree candidates and recent bachelor’s degree graduates of the College of Arts and Sciences at Indiana University Bloomington. At the end of the Fall and Spring semesters a banquet is held to honor those students chosen to be inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.