The department offers students the opportunity to graduate in philosophy with departmental honors. The requirements to achieve this distinction are as follows:
- At the time of graduation, the student must have an overall grade point average of at least 3.0; a grade point average within philosophy of at least 3.5; and grades of B+ or higher in four 400-level courses.
- The student must write a Senior Honors Thesis of 25-45 pages in order to be considered for honors.
- The student must enroll in two semesters of the Honors Thesis course (Fall 01:730:495 and Spring 01:730:496) of their senior year. At the time of registration for the Fall Honors Thesis course, the student must meet the grade point requirements outlined in 1.
- The thesis must be supervised by a tenured or tenure-track faculty member of the department or affiliated member of the department who will approve the topic and work with the student in developing his or her thesis.
- The thesis may be a new project or based on the student's own prior research or written work for an upper-division philosophy course. If the student chooses to write a thesis based on prior written work, it is expected that the Senior Honors Thesis be a very substantial enhancement of this prior work.
- The student's thesis advisor will evaluate the thesis according to the designations 'Honors', 'High Honors', and 'Highest Honors'.
- All theses, without exception, are due to the thesis advisor, Undergraduate Director, and Undergraduate Administrator in electronic form by April 1st of the graduating year or on the last Friday of March if April 1st falls on a weekend.