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Honors Program

To receive Departmental Honors, a student must (i) have a GPA of 3.75 within the department, and a cumulative GPA of 3.33, at graduation; (ii) complete the requirements for the major; and (iii) complete the following courses:

  • PHIL 3339 -- Epistemology
  • PHIL 3330 -- Metaphysics
  • PHIL 3352 -- Ethical Theory or PHIL 3351 -- Social and Political Philosophy

At least one of the following:

  • PHIL 3329 Continental Philosophy

  • PHIL 3331 Philosophy of Mind

  • PHIL 3333 Philosophy of Language

At least one of the following (preferably all three):

  • An intermediate-level course in German, French, or Greek

  • PHIL 3340 -- Symbolic Logic II

  • A course in mathematics at the level of MATH 1311 (Calculus I) or higher

  • PHIL 4396 -- Thesis I
  • PHIL 4397 -- Thesis II

Honors Thesis requirements

How to apply

Students interested in pursuing the Honors Program in Philosophy should contact the Chair of the department to discuss the program as soon as possible, ideally by the beginning of the Fall semester of their Junior year. A written request for admission to the program should be received by the chair of the department by October 31st, but no later than the end of the Fall semester of the student's Junior year. The request should be accompanied by a thesis proposal (details under "Honors Thesis requirements," above) and a "degree audit" showing the student’s GPA, both cumulative and within Philosophy. (The degree audit is available through TigerPAWS, under "Evaluate Program.")

Acceptance into the program is at the discretion of the Department of Philosophy, but at the minimum a student must be a philosophy major with a cumulative GPA of 3.33, and a GPA of 3.75 within Philosophy, at the end of the Fall semester of their Junior year. A student may be accepted into the program before this date, provisional upon their meeting these requirements.