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Department of Philosophy

Degree Programs

Areas of Study

Honors & Distinctions

You can graduate with Distinction in Philosophy by:

  1. earning a GPA of 3.85 or better for all the philosophy courses you take—and an overall GPA of 3.4.
  2. taking at least 20 hours of philosophy courses at the 3000 level.
  3. writing and defending an honor's thesis under the advisement of a Department of Philosophy faculty member.

Earning Distinction in Philosophy

Junior year

  • First quarter: Register for the program with the department.
  • Second quarter: Choose a thesis adviser and begin work on your thesis proposal.
  • Sixth week of the third quarter: Submit a formal written proposal that has been approved by the thesis adviser to the departmental honors adviser.

Senior year

  • Second quarter: Submit a complete draft of the thesis to the thesis adviser.
  • Fifth week of the quarter in which the student plans to graduate: Submit the final version of the thesis to the adviser.

You must present an oral defense of your thesis before a committee of 2-3 faculty from our department and other appropriate ones. Other interested members of the faculty may attend, and students may attend at the discretion of the candidate.

The oral exam will take place toward the end of the final quarter. The honor's thesis fulfills the competency paper requirement for the philosophy major.

Earning distinction outside the University Honors Program

You don't need to participate in the University Honors Program to earn Distinction in Philosophy. However, students who are members of the University Honors Program must choose a major in which to achieve distinction and follow the above guidelines.

If you have any questions about Honors in Philosophy, contact Professor Candace Upton, director of the Department of Philosophy's Honors Program.