Departmental Honors

Honors Program

Admission

To be admitted to the honors program, students must have taken at least three upper division philosophy lecture or seminar courses at UCLA with an overall grade-point average of 3.7.

Requirements

To be awarded honors in philosophy at graduation, Philosophy majors must (1) have a 3.7 grade-point average in UCLA philosophy courses and a 3.7 GPA in upper division UCLA philosophy courses; (2) satisfy the honors directed study requirement by taking Philosophy 198A and 198B in conjunction (usually, but not necessarily concurrently) with two different regular upper division philosophy courses supervised by the instructors of those courses; and (3) receive a grade of A- or better in each course applied toward satisfaction of the honors requirement.

Students may substitute Philosophy 191 for either course 198A or 198B or, alternatively, may complete up to two philosophy graduate seminars in lieu of courses 198A and/or 198B. For an undergraduate or graduate seminar to be applied toward the honors directed study requirement, the consent of both the seminar instructor and the faculty honors adviser is required in advance. Students may also substitute up to one 4-unit Philosophy 199 course in which they produce a substantial paper that represents an original piece of research or its equivalent.

If approved and all requirements have been satisfied upon graduation, a notation of departmental honors will be noted on your transcript.

Application

Application forms are available in the hallway outside of Dodd 329 or as an interactive PDF here. Your completed application may be submitted to Dodd 321.

Please allow for 2–4 weeks for confirmation of your admission to the honors program via email.

For questions about departmental honors, contact Tanya Kim, Staff Undergraduate Adviser, at philcounselor@humnet.ucla.edu or (310) 206-1356.