1. How is your honors degree program administered? Is there a specific
person who acts as coordinator? Is there a faculty committee?
The undergraduate advisor is the initial contact for a student
interested in the honors program. The undergraduate advisor will connect
the student with the faculty member directing the honors thesis course.
The student will enroll in a year long honors thesis course. In the
context of this course, the students will have contact with the honors
thesis director, each other, and other resources on campus.
are the requirements for admission into your honors program? How are
students recruited for your program? May students recommend themselves?
Sociology majors with a 3.5 GPA in sociology and a 3.3
cumulative GPA are eligible. Students may recommend themselves.
How does a student graduate with honors from your department?
To graduate with honors in sociology, a student must complete the
major with a 3.5 GPA in sociology and a 3.3 cumulative GPA, and must
complete an honors thesis in the context of a year long honors thesis
course. Students earn a total of 9 credits for completing the thesis.
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
Students are encouraged to take methods and
statistics during their junior year, and courses related to their desired
honors thesis topic. Students must enroll in the year long thesis course
during their senior year. They will research and write the thesis in this
structured, supportive context.
5. What is the nature of the
senior project and what are the requirements for completing it?
It is an empirical research paper based on a research study or a
critical analysis of existing research. It can range in length from 20-30
pages and is completed while taking an honors seminar where analysis and
writing issues can be discussed with other honors students and a faculty
member. An informed presentation of the honors project is one of the
requirements of this seminar.
6. Are there departmental resources
available to support internships or research projects related to the
Students have the opportunity to
participate in the Sociological Research Practicum. Please contact the
undergraduate advisor for
more information regarding this opportunity.
7. How might the work required for an honors degree be particularly
beneficial in future endeavors?
Students participating in the honors program in sociology will benefit in
a number of ways. They will:
- Produce an excellent piece of writing, useful for graduate school
admissions in any field
- Secure a detailed letter of recommendation for graduate school from a
faculty member who has an opportunity to carefully observe their
- Develop skills and build resume for career in marketing, program
development, advocacy, counseling, etc.
- Satisfy curiosity -- students may choose to research any aspect of
- Discover if graduate school is the right choice
- Get more integrated into the research side of the sociology
- Practice presentation skills
- Get intensive feedback on writing
- Participate in an intimate seminar