The following schedule illustrates how the Sociology and CLJ honors program is organized and how you would fulfill the requirement of writing a thesis. In the Fall Semester of your third year, you typically take: SOC 380H/CRIM 480H Research Topics in Sociology (1 credit) This is a very practical course, taught by the Honors Advisor, designed to give you an idea of what an honors thesis is, how you actually can manage to write one, and how to decide on a thesis topic and a thesis supervisor.  In the course, you will meet and spend some time with all tenure-line Sociology faculty members, who will discuss their areas of specialization and the projects on which they are currently working.  You also will read a number of past Honors Theses by Sociology honor students.  In addition, you may attend one or both of the two theses workshops offered by the Schreyer Honors College, one for quantitative theses and the other for qualitative theses. Finally, you will meet with the fourth-year Sociology Honors Scholars, who will discuss their own experiences writing a thesis.  At the end of the semester, you will choose a thesis topic and a thesis supervisor from among the tenure-line Sociology faculty. Honors Course or Honors Option Course (3 credits): In consultation with the Honors Advisor, you may select an Honors Course offered by another department to fulfill a General Education requirement. Schedule of Honors Courses and Sections from the Schreyer Honors College lists about 80 honors courses that fulfill general education requirements.  For example, you might need an arts or humanities or natural sciences course to fulfill your general education requirements.  As an honors student, you could sign up for an honors section to fulfill this requirement instead of taking a regularly scheduled class.  Alternately, you could contract with a Sociology or Criminology tenure-line faculty member to take a 400-level course as an Honors Option.  This course then would fulfill one of your 400-level course requirements. In the Spring Semester of your third year you typically take: SOC/CRIM 481H  (1 credit) The Honors Advisor teaches this course in conjunction with the person you selected to be your thesis supervisor.   This course will be organized around the writing of a formal thesis proposal.  In the context of the particular topics chosen by the students, the course will cover information organization and retrieval, research project development, development of knowledge and the structure of scholarly communication, and the evolving information environment.  In consultation with your thesis supervisor, you will use this course to develop and expand your knowledge about your particular thesis topic and to write a thesis proposal that contains a review of the literature review, a methodology section, and a schedule for completing the thesis during the fourth year. Honors Course or Honors Option Course (3 credits). As in the fall semester, you would select this course in consultation with the honors advisor.   It would either be offered by another department and fulfill a General Education requirement, or would be an 400-level course offered by a tenure-line faculty, where you arrange to take the course as an Honors Option. You may also consult with your thesis supervisor in selecting this course, since the significant work that you do for the Honors Option in this course could be chosen so that it advances the work of your Honors Thesis. In the Fall Semester of your fourth year, you typically take: Sociology 496H Honors Independent Study (3 Credits) You sign up for the regular CRIM J 496 course listing your thesis supervisor as the course instructor.  Then you file a honors option form with the Schreyer Honors College to have the course listed as Honors work.  Working with your thesis supervisor, you will use these credit hours to complete a major research associated with your thesis.   These credits count as 400-level courses for the purposes of fulfilling the requirements of the major for graduation.  Since you have already completed the literature review as part of your research proposal the preceding spring semester, you should be able to complete about 60% of your thesis during this fall semester.

You will have the opportunity to receive funding for your research through two research grants.  The Senior Honors Thesis Research Grant Application is available from the Honors College office.  The Phil Beta Kappa Senior Thesis Research Grants are given in the fall on the basis of the quality of the proposed research.  You could receive $250 towards your research project.  The James Rambeau Honors Thesis Research Grant in the Humanities is also awarded at the same time.

In the Spring Semester of your fourth year, you typically take: Sociology 496H Honors Independent Study (3 Credits) Working with your thesis supervisor, you will complete your thesis during the spring semester.  Around April 1, you will defend your thesis in an oral examination attended by your thesis supervisor and the Honors Advisor.  You then make necessary revisions to the thesis before delivering a final copy to the Schreyer Honors College on the last class day (typically at the end of April). This is a typical schedule, but individual students have many different needs so that changes in this typical schedule are quite common.  The Honors Advisor is always available for consultation as you plan your academic schedule, think about choosing a thesis topic and thesis supervisor, and work on your thesis itself.