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Honors in Sociology

Students may be admitted to Sociology Honors program (an option of the University Honors Program) when they have:

  • 1. A minimum of three semesters remaining before graduation;
  • 2. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2 overall and a minimum GPA of 3.5 in Sociology courses;
  • 3. Completed the lower division courses required for the major (SOC 100, SOC 142, SOC 250, SOC 260) or have junior standing and a minimum of four sociology courses;
  • 4. Submitted an application with one letter of recommendation from a faculty member.

To graduate with Honors in Sociology a student must:

  • 1. Complete all regular requirements for the major in Sociology;
  • 2. Complete 3 units of an Honors Selected Topics (SOC 487H or equivalent approved by the department honors advisor) and 6 units related to the Honors Thesis (SOC 488H and SOC 489H or equivalent 6 units accepted by the department honors advisor). These required 9 units may be in addition to general requirements for the major in sociology or may be counted as part of the concentration or elective units required for the regular Sociology BA degree. SOC 488H and SOC 489H are equivalent to UHP 496 and UHP 498;
  • 3. Do one of the following: Present own original research paper for a student research competition, present such a paper at a professional meeting, or write a research paper that the department honors advisor agrees is of professional quality;
  • 4. Serve as a Student Teaching Fellow (peer facilitator) for at least one undergraduate sociology course OR serve as a research intern under faculty supervision.

Students are strongly encouraged to:

  • 1. Join Alpha Kappa Delta, the International Sociology Honor Society;
  • 2. Engage in service to the department or the discipline of sociology.

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