The University of Kansas awards honorary degrees as an exceptional honor to individuals of notable intellectual, scholarly, professional, or creative achievement, or service to humanity. An honorary degree recognizes the extraordinary contributions of an individual to the sciences, arts, humanities, or other contributions to humanity.
KU awards four honorary degrees:
Doctor of Science (Sc. D.) Notable contribution to any science including medicine, the natural, clinical, social and behavioral sciences, engineering, and mathematics.
Doctor of Arts (D. A.) Notable contribution to any artistic field including creative and performing arts, music, design, and architecture.
Doctor of Letters (Litt. D.) Notable contribution to the humanities, including history, philosophy, language, literature, religion, and critical and cultural studies.