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Departmental Honors

Welcome Students

The Department of Geography offers departmental honors, a way to recognize students who have attained the highest academic achievement, in collaboration with the Honors Program.

Why Earn Departmental Honors?

Earning departmental honors identifies you as an exceptional student to graduate programs and prospective employers.


  • Complete all the required course work for one of the geography major tracks
  • Maintain a cumulative overall GPA of 3.5 and a GPA of 3.7 in the major
  • Earn an A in Geography 4990 – Senior Seminar
  • Complete a minimum of 20 documented hours of major-related service. (For example, an internship working at the Ogden Nature Center or tutoring.)
  • Demonstrate an interest and expertise in research by making a professional presentation at, for example, the WSU Undergraduate Research Conference, the Association of American Geographers meeting or the Intermountain Sustainability Summit (held at WSU).

Apply for Departmental Honors

How to Apply

The Department of Geography and Honors Program must clear you for you to receive departmental honors.

  1. Complete the Entrance Application Form with Dr. Alice Mulder, geography departmental honors advisor (, no later than 1 semester before the semester you plan to graduate. You are strongly encouraged to apply for Departmental Honors as early as possible.
  2. Bring the completed and signed application to Marilyn Diamond, Honors Program advisor, in the Honors Center, 2nd floor of the Stewart Library. To make an appointment, call 801-626-7336.
  3. Meet the requirements listed above.
  4. Meet with the departmental honors advisor for graduation clearance and to complete the Exit Application Form.
  5. Visit with Marilyn Diamond, Honors Program advisor, to be cleared for graduation with departmental honors. You must be in the Honors Program for at least 1 full semester before applying for graduation with honors. (Bring the completed and signed Exit From prior to fall break if you plan to graduate in the fall, or prior to spring break if you plan to graduate in the spring.)


How You’ll Be Recognized

  • Departmental honors medallion to wear at commencement
  • “Geography Departmental Honors” designation on official transcript
  • “Geography Departmental Honors” printed on degree diploma
  • Personalized certificate signed by WSU’s president and honors director
  • Invitations to honors educational and social events.
  • Invitation to Honors Nye-Cortez banquet at the end of the academic year


Dr. Alice Mulder
Geography Departmental Honors Advisor

Marilyn Diamond
Honors Advisor