FROM: Mary Ann Clawson, Chair
RE: Qualifying for Honors in Sociology
This is the time of year when
rising seniors are invited to consider enrollment in the Honors Program within
the Department of Sociology.
The Honors in Sociology
recognizes excellence as displayed through achievement in both the course work
undertaken within the department and in the completion of an outstanding senior
research project. Students wishing to be
considered for honors must notify, in writing (email, etc.), Sharon Smith
(firstname.lastname@example.org) or Linda Cummings (email@example.com)—the
Administrative Assistants who run the Sociology Office in the PAC.
1. The first step in the
process is confirmation that a candidate meets all course-work conditions. To qualify for honors, a student must have an
A- (91.7) average in at least 6 courses taken within the Sociology Department
by the end of the seventh semester; however an A- average in five courses is
sufficient to register as a candidate.
If you’re unsure if you qualify or wish to petition for a waiver, please contact Sharon Smith or Linda
Cummings in the Sociology Office. In
requesting a waiver, you will write a brief explanation of the extenuating
circumstances that would warrant authorization of a waiver for the Sociology
GPA requirement. Petitions must be
submitted by 4:00 on Wednesday, September 5.
2. The second step in the
process requires each candidate to identify a member of the Sociology
Department faculty willing to serve as thesis/essay advisor in the development
and completion of a senior research project.
You can ask your major advisor to serve as your thesis/essay advisor but
students are welcome to ask another member of the Sociology faculty since your
thesis/essay advisor is often chosen because of affinities between the essay
topic and the faculty area of expertise.
Candidates writing honors essays may
also write them in either section of Soc 305 (see below).
3. In the third step of the process, candidates must choose between the two alternative modes for completion of a senior research project. Honors may be awarded through two distinct pathways:
- Thesis: based on (a) a record of distinction in course work and (b) completion of a two-semester senior thesis tutorial, culminating in a Thesis project which receives a grade of Honors or higher.
- Essay: based on
(a) a record of distinction in course work, (b) completion of a single-semester
(FALL ONLY) senior essay tutorial and a written Senior Essay project judged to
be outstanding; and (c) a successful oral defense of the essay. Only Senior Essays judged to be outstanding
will be advanced to the oral defense.