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Honors Program

Sociology Department Honors Program

What is the Honors Program? Honors students attend an introductory seminar (Sociology 399: Advanced Undergraduate Workshop in Sociology) in the fall semester. There students will have the opportunity to:

  • Develop a research question
  • Review relevant scholarly literature
  • Learn an appropriate methodology to address the question
  • Gather data
  • Complete a research paper

Is the Department's Honors Program for you?


  1. Do you LOVE sociology or criminology?
  2. Do you think that you might want to go to law school or graduate school in the social sciences, human services, or education?
  3. Do you have a 3.5 GPA (or close to it) in Sociology and a 3.25 GPA overall?
  4. Do you enjoy small classes?
  5. Do you like receiving direct feedback on your papers and all the help you need with your research projects?
  6. Would you enjoy attending professional conferences and presenting the results of your research at one of them?

If your answer is yes to #3 and two or more of the other questions, you should consider applying to the Department of Sociology’s Honors Program.

Students will have the opportunity to refine their thesis projects with further honors courses (an independent study with their thesis advisors, SOC 490 or SOC 499), however further enrollment is not mandatory.

Students interested in joining the Departmental Honors program should contact:

Professor Phillip Gonzales
Phone: 277-2501