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Honors Program Overview

Sociology Majors who want to undertake an independent project are encouraged to apply for admission to the department's Honors Program. Honors students work under the direction of faculty advisors to complete their thesis.

An honors thesis is an excellent way to further the skills and knowledge acquired in your undergraduate career. One practical reason for writing a thesis is preparation for graduate study. It may be possible to use the thesis as a writing sample when applying for M.A., Ph.D., Law, or Business programs. 

Students are encouraged to begin planning their honors thesis in their junior year; at this time they should enroll in SOC 202, Preparation for Honors Thesis or SOC 204, Capstone Research Seminar.

Graduating with honors requires: 1) completion of all requirements of the Sociology major; 2) application and acceptance into the Sociology Honors Program; 3) completion of an honors thesis with a grade of A- or higher; and 4) participation in the Sociology Honors Colloquium in the Spring quarter prior to graduation. If the requirements are not met, then you must drop your honors declaration (BAH) in Axess and declare the appropriate degree (BA) before you apply to graduate.

Steps for applying to the Honors Program:

1. Enroll in SOC 202 during Junior year or as early as possible during Senior year. 

2. Find an honors faculty advisor within the Sociology Department.

3. Declare honors in Axess.

4. Complete the honors application (including advisor's endorsement). Prospective candidates are asked to submit an honors application no later than the end of the 4th quarter prior to graduation (typically Spring quarter of the Junior year).

5. Your application will be reviewed by the Sociology Department's Director of Undergraduate Studies. The Sociology Department will notify you regarding your admission into the Sociology Honors Program and your honors declaration in Axess will be either approved or denied.

Note: Admission to the program requires a grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 or higher in courses taken within the major, and an overall GPA of 3.3 or higher in all undergraduate work.

Honors Thesis Submission Information

For the 2021-22 academic year, graduating students' honors theses are due at 12 noon on the Monday before Memorial Day to the Sociology student services office.

Please submit the thesis as a pdf here to the undergraduate student services office. For thesis advisor information please refer to the second page of the honors submission form.

Honors Thesis Writing Resources

Hume Center for Writing and Speaking

Social Science Data and Software (SSDS)

Subject Specialist for Sociology, Psychology & Qualitative Data - Alesia Montgomery

Stanford Research Compliance Office (IRB)

Stanford Diversity and First-Gen Office

The Stanford Bulletin is a good source of additional information – please go to the ‘HONORS PROGRAM’ section for more information. 

For additional information, contact the student services office.