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Honors Program

The Sociology Honors Program provides qualified students with the opportunity to write an honors thesis by working closely with faculty members and fellow honors students on a year-long research project of their own design. This program is highly encouraged to students who plan to pursue advanced training in sociology, are interested in direct applications of sociology, or simply desire a more challenging academic experience.

Students who successfully complete the honors program are awarded honors or high honors and the honors distinction (but not the level) will be noted on the student’s official transcript and diploma.


Applicants to the honors program must demonstrate a high level of competence and motivation for advanced studies in sociology.

  • GPA no lower than 3.40 in sociology courses OR
  • Nomination by 2 faculty members


Students should apply during the spring term prior to their junior or senior year. The deadline to apply is April 29, 2016

Fill out the application form here.

Honors Program

During fall and winter terms of their junior or senior year, honors students take part in the honors seminar (SOC 407), in which they work closely with a professor and other students to refine research questions and design. By the end of fall each student submits a thesis proposal for approval. During winter and spring terms, students work with their professor and proceed with data collection and analysis. Students complete and submit their theses during the spring term.

The twelve credits of the Honors Program are arranged as follows:


  • Two graded credits of SOC 407 Honors Thesis Preparation
  • One to three P/N credits of SOC 403 Honors Thesis


  • Two graded credits of SOC 407 Honors Thesis Preparation
  • One to three P/N credits of SOC 403 Honors Thesis (SOC 403 credits for fall and winter together must equal four credits)


  • Four graded credits of SOC 403 Honors Thesis


The honors program in sociology is not affiliated with the Honors College. If you need more information or have questions please contact Professor CJ Pascoe at:, 346-5366, PLC 732.