Honors in the Major

The department has three types of honors: Department Honors, Department Highest Honors, and Comprehensive Honors.

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 courses listed in the sociology section of 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. Please note: LALS/SOCY Combined majors do not have a section in their academic advisement report for major requirements. This program has not yet been coded by the office of registrar. You may always check in with the Sociology Undergraduate Advisor for questions.

Honors checks typically happen at two points in a student's final year:

  1. Unofficial honors check and honors cords: For students who are graduating in Spring, Summer, or Fall 2018 and are walking in the Spring 2018 commencements, an unofficial honors check must be completed prior to their final grades being posted. This is because the college commencement coordinators need honors predictions in order to include the information in their commencement programs. The commencement programs are printed some time in May, thus the need for us to check for honors ahead of final grades coming in. This early determination of honors also allows us to determine who can receive an honors cord. The department does not sells sociology stoles, but we do have honors cords available for qualifying students (free of charge). Late April/early May there is a call sent out to students with information on how to apply for honors for the commencement programs and for the sociology honors cord. You can also refer to the directions below.
  2. Official honors check: At the end of each quarter, once grades are posted, the Sociology Undergraduate Advisor will begin graduation checks. During this time, the student's AAR is reviewed for completion of the major/minor requirements and an official honors check is done for majors. This information is what the Office of Registrar will use to process your diploma.

 

Apply for Honors for College Commencement Programs and the Sociology Honors Cord - Due by Friday, May 18th

Every year in late April/early May we begin the process of completing an "unofficial honors check" (see information above) for students who will be participating in the Spring 2018 college commencements, but are in progress with their last remaining requirements Spring-Fall 2018. 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 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. 

For students who are participating in the Spring 2018 commencement, but have already graduated in a prior quarter: This application process does not apply to you. Students who graduated in Summer '17, Fall '17, or Winter '18, and are participating in the Spring 2018 commencements, do not have to complete this honors application because their graduation and honors check was completed in a prior quarter, their honors information will automatically be reported to the college's commencement programs, and will already be on the department's list for an honors cord.

For students who are participating in the Spring 2018 commencement, and are graduating Spring'18, Summer'18, or Fall'18: Please review the steps below to apply for honors, by May 19th.

  1. Step One: Verify that you are eligible to apply:
    • You have three or less courses remaining in your major, not including the comprehensive requirement (SOCY 196A or 196B, Thesis, LALS Seminar).
    • You will be participating in the Spring 2018 college commencements. If you are not participating in the college commencement, but would still like to apply to receive an honors cord, please continue with these steps and then notify the undergraduate advisor: tboom@ucsc.edu 
  2. Step two: Calculate your major GPA:
    • Your major GPA includes your lower division courses, upper division core courses, and upper division elective courses, including course substitutions and transferred courses. It does NOT include the comprehensive requirement: SOCY 196A, SOCY 196B, Thesis courses, nor the LALS/SOCY comprehensive options. Nor does it include extra courses that you have taken in addition to the regular requirements (for example if you took 6 electives instead of the 5 required for the Sociology BA, the 6th elective is not included. Please review your academic advisement report to see which electives are listed).
    • To calculate your GPA, please refer to this guide and use this GPA calculator.
    • If you need help calculating your GPA, please contact the undergraduate advisor:  tboom@ucsc.edu or a peer advisor: sociologypeer@ucsc.edu
  3. Step three: Verify type of honors
    • You are eligible for "Honors in the Major" IF you have a major GPA of at least 3.75 and have completed all your major 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 3.90 and have completed all your major 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 less courses remaining to finish your major.
    • You are eligible for "Candidate for Highest Honors" IF you have a major GPA of at least 3.90 so far in the major and have three or less courses remaining to finish your major.
  4. Step four: Apply for honors
    • Once you have completed the steps above, apply for honors using this form (http://goo.gl/forms/Ge48pRzqNN).
    • Students in the Combined Soc/LALS major will have their information sent to Alessandra in LALS for verification of the LALS requirements.

   

Comprehensive Honors

Comprehensive honors are 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.