Digital Worlds Institute

BA in Digital Arts & Sciences

BADAS Students / Graduating with Honors

The University offers three levels of honors: cum laude, magna cum laude, and summa cum laude

  • Cum laude requires a 3.50 GPA on all courses taken at UF under the Fine Arts student classification beginning the semester after accumulating 60 credits.
  • Magna cum laude requires a 3.75 GPA on all courses taken at UF under the FA student classification beginning the semester after accumulating 60 credits.  Students must also complete an honors thesis/creative project.  The department recommends the distinction awarded.
  • Summa cum laude requires a 3.90 GPA on all courses taken at UF under the FA student classification beginning the semester after accumulating 60 credits.  Students must also complete an honors thesis/creative project.  The department recommends the distinction awarded.

Please note that GPA is determined to the hundredths (e.g., 3.495 = 3.49).  Transfer and S/U credits are excluded.

For magna cum laude and summa cum laude, students must complete an honors thesis documenting their senior project, which consists of two portions:

  • An abstract of 100-200 words.  Your abstract should begin with a definitive statement of the problem or project treated by your thesis.  The purpose, scope, and limits of the thesis should be clearly delineated.  Then, as concisely as possible, describe research methods and design, major findings, the significance of your work (if appropriate), and conclusions. 
  • A thesis of at least 3000 words; this may include a reasonable amount of graphics, should your project description benefit from diagrams, schematics, or photographs.  Your thesis can reflect the work on your Senior Project, in that you can describe the process of developing and producing your Senior Project.  If your Senior Project was a group effort, your thesis should focus on your role in the collaboration.  Students are encouraged to use UF's Writing Studio which assists students to become better proofreaders and editors and offers one-on-one consultations.

Students who are eligible for magna cum laude and summa cum laude will be contacted by Phillip Klepacki within two weeks of the degree application deadline for the relevant term with detailed instructions and submission deadlines.

Timeline for Thesis Submission

  • Honors Thesis Intention Form (March 1)
    • This is to inform Digital Worlds that you have a faculty sponsor and understand the requirements and deadlines. You may submit this form online: CLICK HERE
  • Honors Thesis Submission Form & Honors Thesis Project due to DW (April 7)
    • The Thesis Submission Form is NOT the Intention Form. The Thesis Submission form is a fillable PDF that can be found on the UF Honors program website.
    • The Thesis Submission Form will also require an abstract, or a synopsis of your creative process or research paper. 
    • The Thesis Submission Form and the Thesis Project must be emailed to Phillip Klepacki.
  • Faculty Review (April 21)
    • The review will be completed, and decisions of high or highest honors will be made usually by the end of the day on Friday, April 21st.
    • All Honors designations will be contingent on pending final GPA calculation in accordance with Digital Worlds eligibility requirements, indicated above.
  • Honors Thesis Submission Form & Honors Thesis Project due to the UF Library/Institutional Repository (May 4)
    • Once notified of your honors designation, you must email your Thesis Submission Form and Thesis Project to the UF Library Institutional Repository Coordinator in accordance with the Honors Program guidelines found on their website.

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