Students who have shown marked excellence and an unusual degree of academic independence may be invited to participate in the Honors Program.
Students in their third year who have attained at least 3.5 grade point average in sociology are eligible for honors work. The only option for Honors is to complete Sociology 360 and Sociology 370 and write an Honors Thesis.
Students must prepare a research proposal in the spring of their senior year ( see guidelines for the proposal) in consultation with the professor who will direct the Honors Thesis. This proposal must be presented to the director and the chair of the Department of Sociology by May 1 in the Spring Semester of their junior year. Often students will prepare for Honors work by enrolling in an independent study, Sociology 350, course during their junior year. The successful completion of both the thesis and of an oral examination leads to the award of Honors in Sociology. Those students who are interested in and believe that they may be eligible should consult with their department advisor and/or the Department Chair, as soon as possible.
In recent years, students have completed the following theses:
"'Collegeplaces': Why Some Students Feel at Home (or Don't) on College Campuses" Celene Raymer Reynolds ‘09
“Situating the ABCs of Mandopop: Who Owns the American born Chinese Musicians of Mandarin Popular Music?” Steph Tung ‘09
“Gender-Sensitive Education in Socially Excluded Communities: A Study of Doosra Dashak and the Garasias” Moeena Das ’09
"Statelessness and Strangerhood : A Comparative Life History Analysis of Young Refugees in the United States and South Africa" Julia B. Schroeder ‘09
"The Sociology of Intellectual Conflict : A Case study of Karl Marx and Mikhail Bakunin" Sanja Jagesic ‘08
"Being Black and Mormon : Exploring Boundary Negotiation" Krystal Walker '08
"The Chinese-American Second Generation : Selective Preservation of Ethnic Identity Through Christianity" Christina Ying-Hui Lee ‘07
"Moral Crimes and International Law : The Evolution of the Concept of Genocide in the Context of the International Criminal Tribunal of the Former Yugoslavia" Robin Nicole Miller ‘07
"'Civilizing' the Military : A Sociological Analysis of Human Rights Education in the United States Army" Elizabeth Breese ‘06
"Genocide in Sudan : An Application of Robert Merton's Sociological Theory of the Unanticipated Consequences of Social Action" Michelle Iandoli ‘06
"Together We are One": Women and Social Change at the Boston Women's Fund" Eleanor M. Blume ‘06
"Organizing Anarchy : Negotiating the Tension between Individuality and the Collective Good in the Boston Anarchist Community" Selina Cruz-Charrez ‘06