Completing the Major:  Honors in the Major

Honors in the major is determined by a review of grades and narrative evaluations at the time a student applies for graduation.  A faculty committee makes the decision based on the quality of all coursework, but especially in the courses required for the major.  Extra coursework or independent study as well as more intensive or rigorous coursework and the quality of a capstone project may also be taken into consideration.  Honors in the combined majors with environmental studies and anthropology will be granted only when the committees in both departments are in agreement.  Highest honors may also be awarded in exceptional cases when a student's overall grade point average (GPA) is at 3.75 and performance in the senior capstone requirement is equally outstanding.

Honors on the senior thesis are determined independently of major honors, and must be approved by two faculty readers.