Students graduate with honors in sociology after the successful completion and defense of an honors thesis. A thesis is a piece of original research and writing on a topic chosen by the student and agreed upon by his or her thesis adviser. Students typically enter the honors program in the fall semester of their senior year, and take two semesters of the Sociology Honors Seminar (3 credits per semester). Each honors student is responsible for identifying a faculty adviser who will serve as their primary mentor. Students are expected to meet with their faculty thesis adviser on a regular basis throughout the year. In addition, honors students meet biweekly as a group with Dr. Hunter to discuss the thesis in progress, discuss challenges or concerns, and provide support for one another.
There are multiple benefits associated with conducting an Honors Thesis. Honors students are highly competitive on the job market, as participation in the program gives them demonstrable experience in research and self-direction. Graduating with honors also signals to employers that they are among the university’s top students. In addition, for students considering graduate school, conducting an Honors Thesis provides them with a significant advantage, making them stand out among other applicants.
Honors Program Requirements
- Must be sociology majors
- Must have a minimum overall GPA of 3.3, with a sociology GPA equal to or higher than 3.3.
- Should have completed a range of sociology courses
- Should have taken at least one theory and SOCY 3201, Sociological Research Methods course
If you are interested in doing a Sociology Honors thesis, please download and fill out the application. Please return your application to the main sociology department office (Ketchum 195). Applications are due by April 5 every year. Successful candidates will be notified by the end of April. Please feel free to contact Dr. Hunter with any questions.
For further information, please contact:
Director, Sociology Honors Program