Honors in the Major

Request for Major GPA Calculation

Types of Honors

Honors Review for Virtual Commencement and Honors Cords

 


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.

Students should refer to their academic advisement report (AAR) for the courses and units that are being applied to the sociology major requirements. The major GPA includes all major requirements taken at UCSC or through a UCSC sponsored program (the course will show up in your UCSC course list, not in transfer credit). If additional sociology electives were taken over the minimum requirements, the AAR will not list these extra courses and they will NOT be included in 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

Honors in the major information will list on a student's diploma and official transcripts once graduation is processed.

  

Comprehensive Honors - Senior Thesis:

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

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.

Comprehensive honors will list on a student's official transcripts once graduation is processed. 

 

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.

  


Honors Review

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

 

Official Honors Verification for Graduation:

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 (thesis), then the honors is noted in the student's graduation checklist by the undergraduate advisor. The Office of Registrar uses this information to process the student’s degree and update their transcripts.

See information above for the comprehensive honors details.

 

Reporting/Predicting Honors for the Spring Commencement and Honors Cords

This review is strictly for students who are graduating in Spring/Summer/Fall 2021 and are participating in the Spring 2021 virtual commencement; or if not participating in the virtual commencement, are interested in receiving an honors cord from the department. Commencement coordinators ask departments to predict which students might be receiving honors in the major. The honors information will then be used for the virtual commencement program. This information needs to be reported in May, prior to Spring grades being posted, thus this honors prediction is unofficial. The campus uses the term “candidate for honors” when the final major GPA cannot yet be determined.

  • Students who are completing their final major requirements in Spring/Summer/Fall 2021 and are interested in an honors cord and/or participating in virtual commencement, may COMPLETE THIS ONLINE FORM to participate in the Spring quarter honors prediction process.
  • Students who are graduating in Summer 2020, Fall 2020, or Winter 2021, and are participating in the Spring 2021 virtual commencement do not need to take any action. These students will have their major GPA check completed for them at the time of their graduation review at the end of the quarter in which they are graduating, thus they do not have to participate in the prediction of their GPA in Spring quarter. Honors information for these students will automatically be reported to the commencement coordinators and an honors cord will be mailed to the student at their home address on file, before the end of the academic year. No further action is needed in this case.

 

These are the categories of honors used in sociology for the virtual commencement. You are eligible for:

  • "Honors in the Major" if you have a major GPA of at least 3.75 and have completed all sociology major requirements.
  • "Highest Honors in the Major" if you have a major GPA of at least 3.9 and have completed all sociology major requirements.
  • "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 sociology major.
  • "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 sociology major.