Qualifying for Honors

TO:         Sociology Senior Majors
FROM:     Robyn Autry, Chair
RE:          Qualifying for Honors in Sociology

The Department of Sociology offers a two semester Honors Thesis Seminar (SOC 405-406) supervised by a member of the Sociology Department faculty who serves as thesis advisor for students enrolled in the seminar.  Students selected for participation in the seminar work individually with the seminar advisor and meet weekly with other thesis writers in a process directed toward the formulation and production of an original piece of imaginative and sophisticated scholarship.  Consideration focuses on the potential for successful completion of a project that is both creative, well-formulated and creatively formulated and executed honors project.

All rising senior majors interested in qualifying for the Honors Thesis Seminar should attend the annual spring Thesis Seminar meeting hosted by the Thesis Seminar advisor.   Attendance at this meeting is the mandatory first step towards participation in the honors program and provides the best opportunity for students to ask questions and gain a fuller understanding of the thesis process.  The meeting is usually scheduled after the annual spring due date for honors theses completed by graduating seniors, and is usually followed by an individual meeting with the advisor to discuss participation in the seminar. 

Enrollment in the Honors Thesis Seminar, SOC 405, is selective; registration is POI during the fall drop-add period.  Because review of honors candidacy is not completed until well after the close of spring semester pre-registration, rising seniors interested in the honors program should pre-register for a full schedule of courses as if completion of the major will not include the thesis seminar. 

Department faculty may also elect to work with a senior major toward completion of an Honors Thesis outside of the context of the Thesis Seminar.  Independent thesis tutorials are established at the discretion of members of the Sociology Department faculty.