LSJ students interested in graduating with Honors have three options:
1. Interdisciplinary Honors–Requires completion of the UW Honors core curriculum
2. Departmental Honors–Requires completion of LSJ Departmental Honors requirements
3. College Honors–Requires completion of UW Honors core curriculum and LSJ departmental honors requirements
If you are interested in graduating with Interdisciplinary Honors or College Honors, please refer to the UW Honors Program Website.
The individual LSJ Honors option enables a student to pursue a research question in significant depth, with the assistance of a faculty mentor. This option is best for those students who wish to focus on a particular topic and who are strongly self-motivated.
Students interested in LSJ Honors must have and maintain a minimum 3.5 cumulative grade point average, and must receive faculty approval to participate. In addition, students must complete a second LSJ Departmental Seminar (beyond the one already required for the major).
To pursue the individualized option, a qualified student must propose and complete a two-quarter honors thesis (5 credits each quarter), to be supervised by an LSJ faculty supervisor and a faculty reader (the reader can come from a department other than LSJ). Successful Honors Thesis proposals are often developments of topics studied in one or more LSJ classes taken previously. Relating a thesis topic to previous classes helps in getting a faculty supervisor for the project, but it also means that a student is more likely to have read some of the foundational academic materials related to the topic.