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Earning Distinction & High Distinction

Students earning the BA in Communication may qualify to earn Distinction or High Distinction in the major.


  • To earn Distinction in the major, students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.25/4.00 and a departmental GPA of 3.50/4.00.
    • All students meeting the GPA requirements will be awarded Distinction by the advisor and do not need to request it.
    • Any student who qualifies for Distinction is eligible to earn High Distinction, if desired, by completing an additional requirement.
  • High Distinction has the same GPA requirements as Distinction, plus the satisfactory completion of an advanced original research paper under the supervision of a faculty member of the student’s choosing.
    • Students who wish to earn High Distinction should inform the department of their intentions as early as possible during their Senior year, by completing the form linked from the instructions below.