Honors Program

The Honors Program offers superior students the opportunity to pursue intensive work within sociology. Students who meet the College of Arts and Science requirements and are recommended for the program by the director of undergraduate studies will typically begin the program in the fall of their junior or senior year. To be considered for the Honors Program in Sociology, a student must have a minimum cumulative GPA and a minimum sociology GPA of 3.3. Honors in Sociology requires successful completion of at least 6 credit hours of 296 over two semesters. The first semester, 296, is a 3-credit hour honors seminar in which students develop the literature review and research plan. In the second semester of 296, also for 3 credits, students must complete the research, data analysis, and initial write-up of results. Students must complete both the first and the second semesters (six credits total) in order to have the honors sequence replace Sociology 212. Juniors often elect to take a third or even fourth semester of 296 during the senior year, when they may work on revisions of the project and on publication. Students who begin the honors program in their senior year may also take more than 6 credits of 296. A student who has completed an honors thesis will defend that thesis through an oral examination attended by the chair and reader of the thesis; this oral defense will typically take place during the spring semester of the student’s senior year. Students who complete the honors sequence take a minimum of 36 hours to complete the requirements for the major in sociology. Students must successfully complete an honors thesis by the end of the spring semester of their senior year. Interested majors should contact the director of undergraduate studies for information.

David J. Hess
Director of Undergraduate Studies
david.j.hess@vanderbilt.edu

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