The philosophy program is the only program within the School of Arts and Humanities that offers an honors curriculum. Departmental honors are for students who are performing exceptionally well in their courses. The honors designation is an adjunct to the B.A. degree with an added emphasis on independent work, and requires that students conduct a comprehensive original research project under the supervision of a faculty mentor.
Total required credit hours in Philosophy for B.A. Honors Degree: 33
Admission into the Honors Program is by application, available in the department office. If you are interested, contact the department chair no later than your junior year.
Minimum requirements for acceptance:
Note: Student admission to the program is not guaranteed and is dependent on, and limited by, the availability of faculty expertise in the selected area of study.
The designation "Philosophy Honors" will be awarded if and only if the following requirements are met prior to graduation:
PHI 499, Honors I, may be used as a philosophy elective course and PHI 499, Honors II, is an additional required course.
Students will be designated as follows, according to their GPA:
Prerequisites: 75 credit hours, 21 credit hours in PHI, permission of instructor.
Honors philosophy students initiate research that is formally presented in thesis form. Students will typically be required to present formal research proposals (oral and written) to mentors and honors thesis committee. Extensive research is typically required for students in the departmental honors program.
Prerequisites: PHI 499, Honors I, with a minimum grade of B+, permission of instructor.
Honors philosophy students conduct research proposed in PHI 499, Honors I, and submit a formal thesis in written form. Oral defense of work before faculty mentor, thesis committee, and interested faculty members is required.