Honors Program

Philosophy Majors with an overall GPA of 3.5 or higher at the end of their junior year are invited to pursue Honors in Philosophy. Students who do not have an overall GPA of 3.5 or higher can petition the Honors Program to waive this requirement; waivers are, however, granted very infrequently.  

The Honors Program is a two-semester program. Students pursuing Honors in Philosophy can register for up to 4 credits of PHIL 495A during the first semester and up to 4 credits of PHIL 495B in the second semester.

If you are interested in pursuing Honors in Philosophy, you should, by the end of your junior year, make arrangements with a philosophy faculty member to supervise your honors thesis. 

The requirements for graduating with Honors in Philosophy are as follows:

1. Overall GPA of 3.5 or higher.

2. Completion of a graduate seminar in philosophy in the student's senior year (in lieu of the philosophy senior seminar).

3. Completion of an honor's thesis under the supervision of a Philosophy Department faculty member. Contact Undergraduate Administrator Debbie Miller for thesis completion forms.

4. Successful oral defense of this thesis before a committee consisting of at least 3 faculty members, one of whom must be from outside the Philosophy Department.

As a junior, please pay attention to the announcement for a meeting about the Honors thesis in the spring semester. There you will get an introduction and can raise questions.

Faculty Contact: Prof. Jeremy Bell