Honors Tracks

Philosophy majors may pursue one of two tracks to earn the honors designation.

Track 1: Senior Honors Thesis

Designed for students who would like to cap off their philosophical studies by producing an extended multichapter treatment of a philosophical topic. There is no strict page requirement for this option; length will vary according to topic, but most theses are between 35 and 60 pages.

Track I Requirements

Track 2: Senior Honors Essay

Designed for undergraduate students of any major who plan to pursue graduate work in philosophy. This option involves extra coursework (completing 11 rather than nine courses required for the major), access to some 200-level graduate courses and writing an essay, typically between 15 and 30 pages, that may serve as a writing sample for the student’s graduate school applications.

Track 2 requirements

Honors Process

Credits and Grades

The Role of GPA

The honors designation in philosophy is not dependent on earning a high GPA. Latin honors — summa cum laude, magna cum laude and cum laude — do require a high GPA, but are judged independently of departmental honors. The university only confers summa cum laude degrees to students who also graduate with departmental honors.