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Departmental Honors Program

Majors who earn departmental honors in Criminology conduct original research and write a thesis of at least 35 pages.


Eligibility criteria include senior standing and a 3.5 grade point average in the major and
overall. The honors course sequence is two courses, CRI 495 and CRI 496, taken in consecutive semesters.

With special permission from the department honors committee, a student could begin the sequence in the second
semester of their junior year.


To apply for departmental honors, students must obtain a faculty member in the department who
will serve as the project’s faculty sponsor and complete the department honors application. The
required elements of the application include: a preliminary title of the proposed project, a
research proposal, a schedule for completion, and the name and signature of the faculty sponsor.

The department honors committee, composed of all tenure-track faculty in the Department of
Criminology, will review submitted applications and notify selected students of admission into
the departmental honors program.

Requirements for Success

In order to achieve departmental honors, students will be required to complete all of the

  • Completion of CRI 495 and CRI 496 with a grade of a B or higher
  • Maintenance of a 3.5 GPA in the major and overall mission of a completed thesis to the department honors committee prior to the end of Week 13 of the second semester
  • An oral presentation at either the fall or spring Celebration of Student Achievement
  • A successful private defense of the thesis to a faculty committee composed of the faculty sponsor and two other department faculty in Week 14 or Week 15 of the semester