Honors in the Major

Types of Honors

Timing of Honors Review

How to Calculate Major GPA

Applying for Honors for Commencement Program & Cord (For students walking in commencements Spring'19 and graduating Spring, Summer, or Fall'19. Students who graduated prior to Sp'19 and are walking in the Sp'19 commencements have already had this process completed for them)

  


Types of Honors

The department has three types of honors: Department Honors, Department Highest Honors, and Comprehensive Honors. The Combined LALS/SOCY's process is different, see information below. 

Department Honors and Highest Honors

A student with a major GPA of 3.75 or better qualifies for honors in the major. A student with a major GPA of 3.90 or better qualifies for highest honors in the major. Per UCSC policy, no more than approximately 15 percent of the graduating class can be considered for honors or highest honors in the major. Courses and units taken to satisfy the major requirements  - excluding the comprehensive requirement - are used to calculate the major GPA.

When calculating major GPA, students must refer to the major courses listed in their academic advisement report (AAR). If additional sociology electives were taken, the AAR will not list these extra courses and they will NOT be included in the major GPA. Only required courses for the major - excluding the comprehensive requirement - will be used towards the major GPA. If a student took extra electives, more than what is needed to satisfy the major requirements, they may request to change the electives listed in their AAR (such as selecting the higher grades) through the undergraduate advisor. 

Comprehensive Honors

Comprehensive honors is awarded to students who perform exceptionally well on their senior thesis, if that option was chosen to satisfy the comprehensive requirement.

  • Socy 196A – Capstone: Honors not awarded.
  • Senior Thesis: To receive honors the student’s thesis must be reviewed by both the thesis faculty advisor and second faculty member (a second reader). Both faculty members must recommend honors.

Combined LALS/Sociology BA Honors Process:

Major and thesis honors are determined separately and granted only when both departments concur. The GPA of the sociology requirements will be calculated by the sociology department, and the GPA of the LALS requirements will be calculated by the LALS department.  If the student has met the honors requirement for both the sociology and the LALS departments, then the student is awarded honors or highest honors, depending on the GPA criteria. For LALS GPA criteria, see their catalog. Honors on the thesis can be granted if both department thesis faculty advisors agree to award honors on the student’s senior thesis.

Students in the combined major should contact the sociology undergraduate advisor for help calculating the sociology GPA.

   

Timing of Honors Review

Honors checks for department honors or highest honors typically happen at two points in a student's final year:

1- Official Honors Verification for Graduation Checks: At the end of each quarter, departments complete official graduation checks for the students who have applied for graduation in that quarter. This is also the time that official honors verification happens. If it is determined that the student has met the requirements of honors, highest honors, and/or comprehensive honors (for thesis), then the honors is noted in the student's graduation checklist by the undergraduate advisor, and the registrar uses that information to process the student’s degree and update their transcripts.

For comprehensive honors (thesis), at the end of the quarter of which the student is graduating, the undergraduate advisor notifies the thesis faculty sponsor of the deadline to report whether the student is being awarded honors on their thesis and the name of the second reader who approved honors. 

 

2- Reporting/Predicting Honors for the Spring College Commencement Programs: For the college commencement ceremonies, the commencement coordinators ask departments to predict which students might be receiving honors in the major so that they may indicate honors next to the student's name in the commencement program. This information needs to be reported in May, prior to Spring grades being posted. Because some sociology grades may still be pending, this honors verification is unofficial, and the campus uses the term “candidate for honors” when the final major GPA cannot yet be determined.

Students who graduated prior to Spring’19, but are walking in the Spring’19 commencement, have already had their official honors check completed for the major. No further action is needed.

For the purposes of the commencement programs, here are the categories of honors used in sociology:

  • You are eligible for "Honors in the Major" IF you have a major GPA of at least 3.75 and have completed all the requirements included in the major GPA (which excludes the comprehensive requirement).
  • You are eligible for "Highest Honors in the Major" IF you have a major GPA of at least 3.9 and have completed all the requirements included in the major GPA (which excludes the comprehensive requirement).
  • You are eligible for "Candidate for Honors" IF you have a major GPA of at least 3.75 so far in the major and have three or fewer courses remaining to finish the major.
  • You are eligible for "Candidate for Highest Honors" IF you have a major GPA of at least 3.9 so far in the major and have three or fewer courses remaining to finish the major.
   

 How to Calculate Major GPA

If you are interested in calculating your major GPA, you may follow this guide. You may also request to have your major GPA calculated for you by contacting the undergraduate advisor. 

   

Applying for Honors for Commencement Program & Cord

This section is for students walking in commencements Spring'19 and graduating Spring, Summer, or Fall'19. Students who graduated prior to Sp'19 and are walking in the Sp'19 commencements have already had this process completed for them and no further action is needed. 

Every year in early May we begin the process of predicting honors, or an unofficial honors check (see information above), for students who will be participating in the Spring 2019 college commencements but are in progress with their last remaining requirements Spring-Fall 2019. This application process serves three purposes: (1) to predict whether you might receive honors in the major (referred to as "candidate for honors") or if you are done with your major requirements then we want to verify if you qualify for honors; (2) to have your honors information reported to the college commencement coordinators so they can include it in the commencement programs; and (3) to apply to receive a sociology honors cord. 

If you are graduating Spring'19, Summer'19, or Fall'19 and believe you qualify for honors in the major, please COMPLETE THIS ONLINE FORM. You do not need to calculate your major GPA ahead of time, we can help do this for you. However, if you are interested in calculating your major GPA on your own, please see the guide in the section above.

  • You are eligible for "Honors in the Major" IF you have a major GPA of at least 3.75 and have completed all the requirements included in the major GPA (which excludes the comprehensive requirement).
  • You are eligible for "Highest Honors in the Major" IF you have a major GPA of at least 3.9 and have completed all the requirements included in the major GPA (which excludes the comprehensive requirement).
  • You are eligible for "Candidate for Honors" IF you have a major GPA of at least 3.75 so far in the major and have three or fewer courses remaining to finish the major.
  • You are eligible for "Candidate for Highest Honors" IF you have a major GPA of at least 3.9 so far in the major and have three or fewer courses remaining to finish the major.