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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 honors program is made in two stages. Initial applications for admission to the philosophy honors program may be made by majors with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.3 on all their work who have completed at least 3 units in the philosophy department with distinction.  Initial admission allows students to enroll in the Honors Seminar and take the required upper-level philosophy courses for honors credit.

In the junior year, after the completion of (i) at least 18 units with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.3 and (ii) 3.5 units, excluding 101 and 120, in the philosophy department with distinction, students complete the application to the honors program by proposing a thesis topic to the Philosophy Department. Advisors will be assigned to students who submit successful proposals.

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

  1. 386 Honors Seminar
  2. Two upper-level philosophy courses or seminars designated for honors credit and involving special projects
  3. 395 Honors Thesis

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.