Apply for Sociology Honors Program

Sociology Majors,

The department is currently reviewing applications for the Sociology Honors Program for the spring of 2020!  Applications will be accepted until all available slots are filled.

Sociology Honors is a double-semester program during which you’ll conduct independent research and write a thesis under the supervision of a member of the Sociology Faculty.  Honors students also attend a seminar, which meets twice weekly for 50 minutes.  Attending the seminar will not increase your workload, but it will help you work more efficiently.  Its purpose is to provide support, resources, and assistance relevant to successfully completing your thesis.  The seminar also helps build close relationships between Honors students, creating a genuine community of young scholars.  

Honors coursework consists of two 3 hour courses, SOC 679HA (first semester) and SOC 679HB (second semester), which must be taken over two long semesters. Beginning in the fall of 2016, Soc 679HA and Soc 679HB will count toward the 27 hours of Sociology coursework required for the major.

The Sociology Honors Program is open to majors who have completed at least 60 hours of coursework with a Sociology GPA of at least 3.5 and an overall GPA of at least 3.0.  You must have completed Soc 302 (Intro Soc) and Soc 317L (Statistics) prior to entering the program.  You are encouraged to have completed Soc 317M (Research Methods)and Soc 379 (Theory), but one or both can be taken during your first semester. They must be completed not later than your first semester.

Many students secure a thesis supervisor before applying for Honors, but this is not required.

Applicants should have at least a general idea of the area they would like to work in.  

Applications can be given to Debbie Rothschild (RLP 1.216) or directly to the Sociology Honors Advisor, Dr. Penny Green. You can download an application at

Please touch base with Dr. Green if you’d like more information about the program or need help identifying potential supervisors.

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