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Honors Program

Highly qualified and motivated students may seek departmental honors. Successful applicants will be assigned to an advisor/tutor to guide their work and monitor their progress.

Application for admission to the philosophy honors program may be made by junior majors with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.3 on all their work who have completed at least 12 hours in the philosophy department (above the introductory level) with distinction.

To receive honors in philosophy, an approved applicant must complete (as part of his or her major) the following program with distinction:

  1. 386 Honors Seminar, and 395 Honors Thesis, and
  2. Two additional upper-level philosophy courses or seminars designated for honors credit and involving special projects

The program's keystone is researching and writing a Senior Honors Thesis on the basis of a proposal developed and approved in the student's junior year. In the fall of that year, an interested major should talk to his/her advisor about the deadlines and other specifics for both the proposal and the thesis.