Department Honors Program
Honors work teaches students to think more critically, to observe more carefully, and to develop problem-solving analytical skills.
Encouraging Intellectual Achievement
For students who have established a record of achievement, participation in an Honors program offers additional academic challenge, intellectual independence, and the opportunity to work more closely with supportive, enthusiastic faculty. The Honors experience may provide one of the best opportunities to develop the skills and abilities needed to “envision and deal with the possibilities and problems over a period of accelerating change” (Dr. Frank Gillan, University of Tampa). Honors programs at NC State make rigorous but realistic demands, and reward students with valuable research experience, insights into the methods of graduate study, and preparation for a lifetime of self-education.
Students may enter the Honors program in their junior year if they have a minimum GPA of 3.25 overall and in the major with at least 12 hours of major coursework. Qualified students are identified and notified of their eligibility by letter before the start of the semester. An “Honors Course Plan of Work” form is normally submitted early in the junior year, but must be submitted at least two semesters before graduation. Application and admission to the Honors Program are determined by the Anthropology or Sociology Director of the Honors Program upon approval of the plan of work form.
To complete the program successfully, students must have a minimum GPA of 3.25 overall and in the major, and complete the following requirements:
- Must complete 12 hours of course work taken for Honors credit (9 in major and 3 in SOC 498H or ANT 498H).
- The Honors coursework must be in courses at the 300 level or above and taken for Honors credit (not including courses for which the student has already received credit), and must be taught by tenured or tenure-track faculty.
- SOC 300, SOC 400, SOC 401, ANT 411, and ANT 416 are eligible for inclusion as Honors credit courses, however, if SOC 300 is selected, the required number of Honors credit hours is increased to thirteen.
- “Honors Course: Plan of Work” form must be completed and signed by the student and the instructor and submitted to the Anthropology or Sociology Director of the Honors program prior to the end of the second full week of classes of the semester in which the Honors course is taken.
- The thesis is a 20-30 page paper prepared under the supervision of a departmental faculty member.
- It may be empirical or discursive, applied or basic research, but it must be explicitly grounded in either sociology or anthropology literature.
- The paper usually represents work undertaken in connection with SOC 498H, ANT 498H or some other course, but must not constitute duplication of any paper submitted in a course for which the student has also received regular or Honors credit.
- “Honors Thesis: Plan of Work” form must be completed and signed by the student and the instructor and submitted to the Anthropology or Sociology Director of the Honors program prior to the end of the second full week of classes of the semester in which the Honors course is taken.
Students who complete the Honors Program in Sociology & Anthropology will be recognized by having an “DH” beside their names in the Commencement program, the phrase, “Completed Honors Program in Sociology and Anthropology” on their permanent transcripts, and their names in the Honors Convocation Program.