Honors in Sociology
The College of Arts and Sciences offers a program of
departmental honors for those students who qualify for
the opportunity to engage in independent work in a major
field of study under the guidance of a faculty mentor(s).
Students who successfully complete such an effort will
graduate with "Departmental Honors"
notations on their transcripts and under their
names in the commencement program.
To qualify for entrance into the departmental honors
program, a student shall be a senior in the College
of Arts and Science, and have a grade point average
of at least 3.5 in Sociology. Qualified students may
register for SOC 480: Readings for Departmental
Honors for a minimum of 4 credit hours and
a maximum of 6 credit hours. These credits may be taken
in one or both semesters of the student's senior year.
The approval of the department chair, program director,
and/or the faculty mentor of the honors work are required
for registration. Expectations for these projects are
demanding and the content of honors projects will vary.
They may involve independent readings, creative efforts,
internships, or research, whether based in the laboratory,
the field, or the library. The project must result in
a tangible product such as an examination, a written
report, paper, or monograph, an oral presentation, a
work of art, or a documentary.
Departmental Honors in the College may be coordinated
with work for Senior Directed Study in the University
Honors Program. A common project may serve as both Departmental
Honors and University Honors, but separate and distinct
presentations must be made to the department and to
the University Honors Program for evaluation to earn
both honors notations.
If you are interested in learning more about the undergraduate honors program for the American Sociological Association, please visit: