1. How is your honors degree program administered? Is there a specific
person who acts as coordinator? Is there a faculty committee?
A student's first contact is with an undergraduate academic advisor.
Students can schedule an advising appointment with a criminal justice
advisor by calling 855-9325. A faculty member administers the honors
program. A faculty committee of three works with each honors student.
2. What are the requirements for admission into your honors program? How
are students recruited for your program? May students recommend
Requirements include a 3.3 cumulative GPA,
completion of the core major requirements (P100, P200, P202, P290, K300)
and evidence of a substantial commitment to a three semester project. The
academic advisor writes to all eligible students at the end of their
sophomore year, asking them to contact her if they're interested in the
honors program. Students also may recommend themselves.
3. How does a student graduate with honors from your
Students must have their honors thesis read and approved as of honors
quality by a three-person committee.
4. What courses do students take as juniors and before in order to
prepare for working on the senior project? How are these honors seminars
and courses typically conducted? What are the usual requirements in such
Honors students take one to three hours of P399 during their junior
year. (see the answer to question #6 for more information.) They also
must take P290 "The Nature of Inquiry" before starting a thesis.
5. Are there departmental resources available to support internships or
research projects related to the senior project?
While the department does not provide financial support for internships
or research projects, it does offer various kinds of internship
opportunities and when possible individual faculty members may
provide research support through their funded research.
6. What is the nature of the senior project and what are the
requirements for completing it?
The senior project may be based wholly on library research or in other instances
it may combine a literature review with original data collection. Ideally, students begin to work on their
senior project at the end of their junior year, when they take three
credits of P399, Readings for Honors. For this, students work one-on-one
with a faculty member who supervises an individualized readings course
and guides the student through writing a project prospectus. The
prospectus must ultimately be approved by a three-person faculty
committee. During their senior year, they take six hours of P499 in order
to complete their project.
7. How might the work required for an honors degree be particularly
beneficial in future endeavors?
The work required for earning an honors degree benefits those students
interested in public policy positions and/or law school, for it accustoms
them to the systematic analysis and multi-faceted research issues.
8. What are the advantages for students who pursue the honors degree
compared to a regular degree in your area?
Honors work is especially helpful for students interested in graduate
school. It gives all interested students the opportunity to work closely
with faculty members, and to receive individualized attention from them.
9. Please list suggestions for other departments based on activities
that have worked well for your students.
An increase in the intensity of the initial screening process ensures
that prospective honors students understand what sorts of work the senior
10. Explain the background of honors course offerings in your
discipline. When were honors courses or sections first offered? When
was your honors degree program instituted?
The first offering of an honors section of P100, our introductory course,
was in the fall of 1988.