Outstanding undergraduate Philosophy majors may be eligible for participation in our honors program in their senior year. Interested students should apply to the departmental honors committee, following the procedures below.
To be admitted to the honors program, you must have a minimum GPA (3.500 for students who joined the major after 2017-18; 3.300 GPA if you joined before 2017). This is a minimum necessary condition for admission to the program, not a sufficient condition.
You must also meet other requirements stated in the College Bulletin. We encourage majors in Philosophy to apply for the departmental honors program if they feel they have adequate background for relatively independent work.
The honors program is a two-semester sequence, comprising PHIL-P498 Honors Thesis Directed Research and PHIL-P499 Honors Thesis. The goal of P498 is to enable you to develop familiarity with an area of the discipline and skills in independent philosophical research. The goal of P499 is development of an original, substantial honors thesis. The thesis must be defended in an oral exam and must receive a grade of B+ or higher in order for you to qualify for departmental honors.