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Department Honors Program in Philosophy

The Department of Philosophy is proud to offer a Departmental Honors program for students pursuing the BA in Philosophy.

Why pursue honors?

The Philosophy Honors program provides academically excellent majors with the opportunity for advanced work and high-impact experiences.

Students who complete the Departmental Honors program will receive a certificate and the right to wear a mark of the distinction to wear with their cap and gown at graduation. The honors designation will also be marked on their official transcripts.

Students who are enrolled in the program receive priority registration, which allows them to register for classes earlier that they would be able to otherwise. We also expect that there will be occasional opportunities for honors students to apply for grants in support of their research.

Requirements for Departmental Honors Program for Philosophy:

A. Cumulative GPR of 3.5 (cumulative GPR of 3.25 in honors-conferring courses)

B. Major in Philosophy

C. A year-long Honors Thesis or equivalent project

D. 18 honors credit hours in some combination of the following such that at least 12 hours are designated Philosophy, and of these at least 3 hours are at the 400-level:

  1. 485H or 491H in the faculty mentor’s department: up to 6 hours combined; these hours can be used in support of requirement (C) above
  2. Honor’s coursework: In addition to courses formally listed as “H” in the course schedule (such as, PHIL 111H, PHIL 240H, and PHIL 251H), coursework can be counted as “honors” through a formal honors contract between the student and the instructor
  3. Study Abroad: courses in any subject area completed abroad through a Texas A&M faculty-led program*
  4. Graduate coursework (up to 6 hours)
  5. Honors Experience Points: Students who are co-enrolled in the University Honors Program may also submit their Honors Experience Points (earned through non-credit bearing, high-impact experiences such as international field trips and internships) One Point will be counted as the equivalent of 1 hour for the purposes of this program.

*No double counting. That is, even if a 3-hour Study Abroad course is also designated as an Honors course, it contributes only 3 hours towards departmental honors.

Admission to the Program

  • Students joining the University who qualify for the University’s Honors Program who declare the Philosophy major upon arrival will be invited to join the Departmental Honors program.
  • Other Philosophy majors who meet the GPR requirements, and have time in their degree plan to meet the other requirements, will be invited to join the program by the department’s advisors.
  • If you have questions about your eligibility, please contact your academic advisor.

Probation and Dismissal from the Program

  • No student with an F* (indicting academic dishonesty) on their transcript is eligible for Departmental Honors in Philosophy.
  • Continuing Honors Students who fail to meet any of these requirements will be given a semester of probation to correct any deficiencies. While in the probationary semester, a priority registration time will not be assigned. Honors Students who fail to meet requirements after a semester of probation will be dismissed from the program. Students who have been dismissed may submit an appeal for an extra semester of probation by using this form.

For more information please see the Philosophy Department advisor.

Click here for a worksheet to help you plan your program of study.