College of Letters and Science


College undergraduate students who achieve scholastic distinction may qualify for the following honors and programs.

College Honors

The highest academic recognition the College confers on its undergraduate students is College Honors, which is awarded to graduating seniors who successfully complete the College Honors program and who have an overall University of California grade-point average of 3.5 or better. The program offers exceptional undergraduate students an opportunity to pursue individual excellence.

Dean’s Honors

The Dean’s Honors list recognizes high scholastic achievement in any one term. The following criteria are used to note Dean’s Honors on student records: a 3.75 grade-point average in any one term, with at least 12 graded units and no NP or I grade; or a 3.66 GPA and at least 56 grade points during the term, with no NP or I grade. Dean’s Honors are automatically recorded on the transcript.

Departmental Honors

Individual departments and programs in the College offer departmental honors. Admission and curricular requirements vary according to the department or program. See the Curricula and Courses chapter for details, and consult with a departmental adviser about procedures and arrangements. Students who successfully complete the requirements graduate with departmental honors or highest honors.

Latin Honors

Students who have achieved scholastic distinction may be awarded the bachelor’s degree with Latin honors. To be eligible, students must have completed 90 or more units for a letter grade at the University of California; and must have attained an overall grade-point average at graduation that places them in the top five percent of College graduates (3.910 GPA or better) for summa cum laude, the next five percent (3.837 GPA or better) for magna cum laude, or the next 10 percent (3.729 GPA or better) for cum laude. Coursework taken on the Education Abroad Program is applied toward Latin honors at graduation. The minimum GPAs required are subject to change on an annual basis. Required GPAs in effect in the graduating year (fall, winter, spring, summer) determine student eligibility. Students should consult their Degree Audits, or Registrar’s honors, for the most current Latin honors calculations.

Departmental Scholar Program

Departments may nominate exceptionally promising undergraduate students (juniors and seniors) as UCLA Departmental Scholars to pursue bachelor’s and master’s degrees simultaneously. Qualifications include completion of 24 courses (96 quarter units) at UCLA or the equivalent at a similar institution, the requirements in preparation for the major, and eligibility to participate in the College Honors program. Students must also have at least one term of coursework remaining at UCLA. To obtain both the bachelor’s and master’s degrees, students must be provisionally admitted to the Graduate Division, fulfill requirements for each program, and maintain a minimum 3.0 (B) GPA. No course may be used to fulfill requirements for both degrees. Interested students should consult with their department well in advance of application dates for graduate admission. For more information, contact the Honors Programs Office in A311 Murphy Hall.