We encourage majors to take the Departmental honors program in their senior year if they feel they have adequate background for relatively independent work. Outstanding students who wish to enroll in the honors program should apply to the Departmental Honors Committee. Students need a 3.3 GPA to be admitted to the program and must meet other requirements discussed in the Bulletin of the College of Arts and Sciences.
The normal program requires P498 Senior Seminar and P499 Honors Thesis. To receive an honors degree, the student must present a thesis judged acceptable by the honors committee. The thesis must receive a grade of B+ or higher in order for the student to qualify for departmental honors.
If you are interested, here is the procedure to follow:
- Consider the general area in which you would like to write an honors thesis.
- Let the honors director know you want to be an honors major. (The Director of Undergraduate Studies is also the Philosophy Honors Director.)
- Approach a professor in that area about being your director.
- Select at least one other member to fill out your faculty honors committee.
- Have your director set up a research program for P498.
- Have a writing timetable for P499 as the semester ends in which you are taking P498.
- An oral defense of the thesis is to be scheduled with the committee.