Honors Work in Sociology
If you have a 3.4 GPA or better, and are interested in applying for our brand new Departmental Honors Program, you can! For Departmental honors in Sociology, students must take TWO Sociology honors classes, at least one of them at the 300-level, and complete a senior year honors project-with-thesis, either by taking a sociology honors capstone class or by doing an independent, faculty-sponsored senior research or service project. That's all.
The program is open to current or rising sophomores and juniors (if you are a rising senior, it is still possible to complete the requirements, just harder).
Applying will be a two-stage process:
- First, submit your essay to Dr. Barbara Tomaskovic-Devey by January 13 (see below). Your transcript and your essay will be reviewed and then you will be informed if you have been accepted into our departmental program.
- If you have been accepted, you will submit your official application — the personal essay — to Commonwealth College, which will officially clear you for registering for honors classes, and will formally admit you into the departmental program on behalf of the honors college (although you will become a member of Commonwealth College, there will not be any additional honors requirements for you to fulfill).
This departmental honors program is the principal way UMass students will earn honors credit as juniors and seniors. Commonwealth College has a different honors program for freshmen and sophomores. Students may either do that program, or do only departmental honors, or may do the freshman-sophomore program and then do departmental honors.
Submit application essay to Dr. Barbara Tomaskovic-Devey; deadline for 2013-14 academic year TBA.