Outstanding undergraduate Philosophy majors are eligible for participation in our honors program in their senior year.
The program is open to students with at least a 3.5 GPA in Philosophy (3.3 GPA for students who joined the major before 2017-18). Students who meet this requirement are admitted to honors once they have submitted a project proposal that is acceptable to an ad hoc faculty honors committee.
The Philosophy honors program is a year-long program with two components: P498 Honors Thesis Directed Research and P499 Honors Thesis. In the first semester, students read widely in their field of interest under the direction of a faculty advisor while beginning to develop a thesis project. In the second semester, they write the thesis under the supervision of the faculty advisor. The final thesis must be approved by a second reader and defended in an oral exam with both the primary advisor and the second reader.
Honors students 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.
Interested students should contact the Philosophy Director of Undergraduate Studies at firstname.lastname@example.org before the semester in which they begin the honors thesis sequence.