Doctor of Humane Letters

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The degree of Doctor of Humane Letters (Latin: Litterarum humanarum doctor; D.H.L.; or L.H.D.) is almost always conferred as an honorary degree, usually to those who have distinguished themselves in areas other than science, government, literature or religion, which are awarded degrees of Doctor of Science, Doctor of Laws, Doctor of Letters, or Doctor of Divinity, respectively.

Doctor of Humane Letters degrees should not be confused with earned academic degrees awarded on the basis of research, such as Doctor of Philosophy or Doctor of Theology, nor earned professional doctorates such as Doctor of Medicine, D.O., Doctor of Dental Surgery, Juris Doctor, Doctor of Ministry, etc.[1]

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  2. ^ a b c d e f g Iowa's Honorary Degree Program: List of Recipients. The University of Iowa. Retrieved January 11, 2016.
  3. ^ a b Murray, Jim. "Clemente Has Become a Doctor of Sorts" The Lakeland Ledger March 28, 1972. Retrieved January 11, 2016.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Honorary Degree Recipients. Siena College. Retrieved January 11, 2016.
  5. ^ a b c Honorary Degree Recipients. Carnegie Mellon University. Retrieved January 11, 2016.
  6. ^ a b c Honorary Degree Recipients. California State University, Northridge. Retrieved January 11, 2016..