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Graduating with Departmental Distinction

In order to achieve distinction, high distinction, or highest distinction, a sociology major must meet the following requirements:

  • Have completed SOC 490 or 495
  • Attain a UIUC GPA of 3.25 or higher


If both of these requirements are met, then the MAJOR GPA distributes as follows:

  • 3.25 - Distinction
  • 3.50 - High Distinction
  • 3.75 - Highest Distinction


Graduating with LAS College Honors

To be eligible to graduate with LAS College Honors, you must do one of the following:

  • Graduate with departmental distinction.
  • Complete 25 hours of honors courses (see the Timetable).
  • Earn 35 hours of advanced course work (see LAS Student Handbook).

To actually receive college honors, you must graduate within the top 12% of your class. The three levels of college honors, and approximate GPAs needed are:

Summa cum laude Top 3% of graduating class 3.93
Magna cum laude Top 7% of graduating class 3.85
Cum laude Top 12% of graduating class 3.76