Departmental honors require that students entering the program have an EIU minimum cumulative GPA of 3.50 on a 4.0 scale, and permission of the Dean of the Honors College and the departmental honors coordinator. Both native and transfer students may participate in the program. All students must complete 12-13 hours of honors, including 3 hours for honors thesis. Any tenured/tenure-track faculty member with Ph.D. completed and one year teaching experience at EIU may direct honors independent study, honors research, and honors thesis, the determinant being faculty expertise and student research interest. All honors research activities are potentially subject to review by the Institutional Review Board depending on the nature and focus of the research.