Cognitive Science majors may receive Honors in Cognitive Science in one of two ways:
(1) Based on GPA at the beginning of Senior year. At the beginning of the Fall semester of Senior year, the student must have an overall GPA of at least 3.2 and a GPA within Cognitive Science of at least 3.5. See below for the level of honors determination.
(2) Enroll in a year-long Senior Honors Thesis course (185:495 and 185:496) and complete a thesis. Students must have an overall GPA of at least 3.2, a GPA of at least 3.5 in courses being counted toward the Cognitive Science major, and permission of the faculty member. Faculty who can oversee a thesis are Executive Council and Affiliate members. Please download and complete the Honors Thesis Application. Upon approval, students will receive a special permission number to add the course. Note: the Senior Honors Thesis course satisfies the capstone requirement; 3 of the 6 credits for this course can be applied to the total number of credits required for the major; and this course does not satisfy the upper-division elective requirement.
The thesis may be a new project or based on the student’s own prior research or written work for an upper-division course. If the student chooses to write a thesis based on prior written work, it is expected that the thesis be a very substantial enhancement of this prior work. Upon completion at the end of the Spring semester, the student will present the work to a committee who will determine student(s) who are awarded an Honors Thesis Prize(s) in Cognitive Science. Please note: All theses, without exception, are due to the thesis advisor, Undergraduate Director, and RuCCS 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.
In both cases, the level of honors — according to the designations `Honors', `High Honors', and `Highest Honors’ — will be determined by the students GPA range in Cognitive Science: Honors, 3.5-3.69; High Honors, 3.7-3.89; Highest Honors, 3.9-4.0.
For information on the Honors Requirements:
To download the Honors Thesis Research Application: