1. Learn the requirements of your Upper Division Program below.
  2. Declare your plans with the Honors College
  3. Have questions?  Schedule an appointment with the Upper Division Academic Advisor. 



The baseline requirements for Upper Division Honors Distinction are:

  • 12 hours of 3000/4000-level Honors coursework, including 3-6 thesis hours
  • Honors Thesis Project
  • 3.50 cumulative and LSU GPA
  • 3.50 GPA in Upper Division program courses

Several major departments have designated specific programs of study for their Upper Division Programs beyond the baseline requirements for Upper Division Honors Distinction. Synopses of such departmental program requirements are listed below. Full requirements may be obtained directly from departments.  

In majors without established Upper Division programs, the baseline requirements (above) should be followed.


Hours Required


Course Requirements

  • Two courses from the following list with Honors Option1, 2 or others by approval of the College of Music and Dramatic Arts:  MUS 4712, 4718, 4719, 4720, 4721, 4722 or 4723
  • 6 hours of MUS 30003 or MUS 39974 for thesis

The project described therein may be any of the following:

  • A recital in addition to the normal required senior recital (this option requires a written component).
  • A musical composition, which goes beyond the scope of the normal degree requirements, as determined by the composition faculty (this option still requires a written component).
  • A thesis on a topic approved by the student's major professor.

Additional Rules

1 Students are responsible for completing the “Honors Option” paperwork with the Honors College.

2 Students may inquire about adding Honors Option to other courses within the department, as well as taking graduate level Musicology/Theory courses in place of the required courses listed.

Contact Amy Smith () and Dr. Inessa Bazayev ( for further information.

3 MUS 3000 is an independent study with an academic faculty member in Theory, Musicology, or Music Education.

4 MUS 3997 is an independent study with an applied faculty member (any member of the performance faculty).

Thesis Courses Available

MUS 3000, MUS 3997, HNRS 4000

Department Contact

Dr. Inessa Bazayev