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Many departments in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences have now developed Department Honors Tracks.

These 12-credit programs are designed to offer advanced disciplinary study and independent research opportunities to academically talented students in their junior and senior years of study. These tracks are especially appropriate for students considering graduate or professional school.

Completion of the Department Honors Track is indicated on your official university transcript; students completing the departmental honors program are recognized at departmental commencement ceremonies. Students do not have to be in the Robert E. Cook Honors College to pursue these tracks.

Requirements for application and completion of the Department Honors Tracks are as follows:

Anthropology

Open by departmental permission to declared Anthropology majors with at least a 3.25 GPA in total university coursework and a 3.25 GPA in Anthropology courses. Students complete ANTH 483 Honors Thesis; CHSS 489 Honors Colloquium (a multi-disciplinary colloquium emphasizing problem-solving, discussion, reading and writing on a topic or theme); and HNRC 499 Honors Senior Synthesis, which fulfills the Liberal Studies Synthesis requirement.

To apply, students must petition the Department Honors Committee for admission no earlier than the completion of the sophomore year. An application must be filed with the Chair of Anthropology and should include an application form, a letter of intent, a description of the work plan, a full transcript, and two letters of recommendation from faculty.

Economics

Open by departmental permission to Economics, Economics/Mathematics, and Economics/Pre-Law majors with at least a 3.25 GPA in total university coursework and a 3.25 GPA in Economics courses. Students complete ECON 355 Statistics for Economics, ECON 356 Introduction to Econometrics, ECON 483 Honors Thesis in Economics, and HNRC 499 Honors Senior Synthesis, which fulfills the Liberal Studies Synthesis requirement. Students must earn at least a C in each course completed for the track.

Geography and Regional Planning

History

The honors program is open by departmental permission to History, History Pre-Law, and Social Studies Education/History majors with a minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA and a 3.5 GPA in History courses. Students complete at least one semester of HIST 487 (a variable-topic course open also to students in the Robert E. Cook Honors College) and two semesters of honors thesis research and writing. Honors theses are completed individually under the direction of a department professor who specializes in the student's area of interest and are approved by a thesis committee comprising the director and two other readers, one of whom may come from outside the History Department. Honors History courses count toward the major; completion of an honors thesis substitutes for HIST 480.

Students interested in the History Honors program should discuss this opportunity as early as possible with their advisors. Students may file a declaration of intent during the sophomore year; a formal application for admission must be made, normally early in the junior year.

Philosophy

Open by departmental invitation to Philosophy and Philosophy/Pre-Law majors with at least a 3.25 GPA in total university coursework and a 3.5 GPA in Philosophy courses. Students complete PHIL 480/H Honors Seminar in Philosophy, PHIL 483 Honors Thesis in Philosophy, and HNRC 499 Honors Senior Synthesis, which fulfills the Liberal Studies Synthesis requirement. To determine how Honors Track courses will be integrated into existing requirements for the Philosophy or Philosophy Pre-Law major, students should consult their advisors.

Any student satisfying the GPA requirement at the end of their third semester at IUP will be automatically advised of the requirements of the Honors track and invited to participate.

Religious Studies

Open by departmental invitation to Religious Studies majors with at least a 3.25 GPA in total university coursework and a 3.5 GPA in Religious Studies courses. Students complete RLST 480 Seminar in Religious Studies, RLST 483 Honors Thesis, RLST 493 Internship, and HNRC 499 Honors Senior Synthesis, which fulfills the Liberal Studies Synthesis requirement.

Sociology

Open by departmental permission to declared Sociology majors with at least a 3.25 GPA in total university coursework and a 3.5 GPA in Sociology courses. A decline in overall GPA below 3.25 or 3.5 in Sociology courses in subsequent semesters is grounds for dismissal from the Honors Track.

Students complete CHSS 489 Honors Colloquium (a multi-disciplinary colloquium emphasizing problem-solving, discussion, reading and writing on a topic or theme); SOC 483 Honors Thesis; and HNRC 499 Honors Senior Synthesis. Students must earn at least a C in each course completed for the track.

Students may be invited to apply or may nominate themselves. In either case, to be considered for the Sociology Honors track, students must have earned 15 credit hours in Sociology, including SOC 320. Sociology majors who have met the eligibility criteria must submit an application to the Chair of Sociology after they have earned at least 56 credits.

Spanish

Open by departmental permission to Spanish and Secondary Spanish Education majors with at least a 3.0 GPA in total university coursework and a 3.5 GPA in Spanish courses. To apply, students must submit two letters of reference from Foreign Language Department faculty members and a two-page self-statement describing the student's academic and career goals.

Students complete two semesters of SPAN 483/H Honors Thesis in Spanish; CHSS 489 Honors Colloquium (a multi-disciplinary colloquium emphasizing problem-solving, discussion, reading and writing on a topic or theme); and one course from SPAN 410-431. Students must earn at least a B in each course completed for the track.

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