The honors program is open to seniors majoring in sociology who have maintained a G.P.A. of 3.5 in the major and 3.2 overall, and who have completed or are in the process of completing the methods and statistics requirement and the upper-division writing requirement. Students should apply for the honors program before the beginning of their senior year. With the approval of the sponsoring faculty member, the student must submit a written proposal for a major paper or research project to be completed during the senior year. Acceptance into the honors program depends on the approval of the proposal by the department.
During the senior year, the student enrolls in SOC 495 during the first semester and SOC 496 during the second semester, for a total of six credits. The student's major paper or research project must be completed no later than four weeks prior to the end of the second semester, to allow for possible revisions. It is read and evaluated by a committee consisting of the student's sponsor, one other sociology faculty member, and one faculty member from another department.
If the honors program is completed with distinction and the student has achieved a 3.5 G.P.A. in all sociology courses taken in the senior year, honors are conferred.