The Honors College works in conjunction with a host of academic departments on campus to provide and develop discipline-specific departmental honors programs. These programs allow Honors College students to pursue their major course of study within an Honors framework. Honors College students must be accepted into the respective programs associated with their degree plan. Each department has separate requirements for its programs which are subject to change, and students should speak with the respective department for the most up-to-date requirements. All non-Honors students who wish to participate in a departmental honors program must be granted an exception by the individual department.
Students majoring in one of the biological sciences are eligible for consideration for the honors program in biological sciences after they have completed at least 16 hours in biological sciences with a minimum grade point average of 3.4 in biological sciences and a cumulative grade point average of 3.4. Acceptance into the program requires approval of the Honors Program Committee and acceptance of the student by primary advisers and co-advisers. Additional details are available in the office of the department of biological sciences. Requirements for the program include:
- 4-8 hours of PY 101 Intro To Psychology
- an acceptable honors thesis
- attendance in PY 211 Elem Statistical Methods
- taking the advanced portion of the Graduate Record Examination
- maintenance of a 3.4 GPA in biological sciences courses and a 3.4 cumulative GPA
Business Honors Program
Business Honors Program students in the Culverhouse College of Commerce participate in weekly one-hour seminars conducted by the Business Honors director and core faculty. The sessions feature meetings with outstanding faculty and business leaders and discussions of contemporary business and economic issues.
Those students who complete the two-year program will earn Honors credit for selected business classes and will graduate with Business Honors recognition. Participation is limited to Culverhouse College of Commerce students who have completed 61 or more semester hours of classwork and have at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA.
Students are invited to apply for admission into the Chemistry Honors Program on the basis of performance in introductory chemistry courses. Inquire at the Department of Chemistry office for further details. Requirements for the program include:
- completion of course requirements for the BS degree with a major in chemistry
- maintenance of at least a 3.3 GPA in chemistry courses, with no more than one C, and a cumulative 3.0 GPA for all coursework
- participation in PY 101 Intro To Psychology, PY 211 Elem Statistical Methods and HY 499 Honors Thesis II
- submission of an acceptable senior thesis based on research conducted under supervision of a chemistry department faculty member
- submission of scores on the Graduate Record Examination or other appropriate examination prior to graduation
College of Engineering
The University of Alabama College of Engineering offers departmental honors programs for each primary academic department. Program requirements differ for each department but generally result in a certificate of completion. Current requirements and information for each program can be found below:
Any English major with a superior aptitude for and a special interest in English may apply for admission to the honors program in English. The program includes special honors sections of sophomore literature courses, eligibility for the Junior Honors Seminar in English and an Honors Thesis. The Honors Seminar in English (PY 101 Intro To Psychology) gives students an opportunity to experience a course which cuts across conventional divisions of literary period and literary form. The Honors Thesis (PY 211 Elem Statistical Methods) affords students the opportunity to work with faculty mentors who will guide them in readings, research, and selection of a suitable topic for the thesis. Interested students should contact the coordinators of the Departmental English Honors Program.
Geology majors are invited to apply for admission to the Geological Sciences Honors Program after completion of 13 hours of geology coursework. Requirements for the program include:
- completion of the course requirements for the BS or BS in geology degree
- maintenance of a minimum 3.3 GPA in geology courses and a 3.0 GPA or higher for all coursework
- grade of "pass" in PY 101 Intro To Psychology and PY 211 Elem Statistical Methods
- six hours of HY 499 Honors Thesis II and presentation of the results in the honors seminar
- submission of an acceptable honors thesis based on research conducted under the supervision of a geological sciences department faculty member
The History Honors Program is open to history majors who have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0, a 3.3 GPA or above in history and at least 12 hours of completed history courses. The program requires nine hours of honors work, including PY 101 Intro To Psychology (usually taken in the junior year) and a six-hour thesis (PY 211 Elem Statistical Methods and HY 499 Honors Thesis II) to be completed under the direction of a tenured or tenure-track member of the department. In order to graduate with honors in history, students must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0, a 3.3 GPA or above in history, and satisfactory completion of a thesis judged to merit an honors designation.
The honors program in philosophy is designed for the exceptional student, regardless of whether the student intends to do graduate work in philosophy. The program offers the opportunity to pursue a philosophical topic further than the seminar format permits. It also provides recognition for having done a greater proportion of one's classes at the advanced level and for having sustained outstanding achievement in all cases. Students wishing to enroll in the program may request consideration for admission from the undergraduate adviser or the department chairman, or they may be invited to enroll.
Those who graduate with honors in philosophy must meet the following requirements:
- complete 36 hours in philosophy
- complete at least 18 of those hours at the 300- or 400-level
- achieve a GPA of at least 3.5 in all courses in philosophy and at least 3.3 cumulative GPA
- write and be examined on a substantial philosophical essay under the direction of a faculty member in the department
Students are invited to apply for admission to the honors program in physics on the basis of performance in introductory courses. Inquire at the Department of Physics and Astronomy office for further information. Requirements for the program include:
- completion of the course requirements for the BS degree with a major in physics
- maintenance of a minimum 3.3 GPA in physics courses and a minimum 3.0 GPA for all coursework
- submission of an acceptable honors thesis based on research conducted under the supervision of a faculty member in physics or astronomy
- participation in the one-hour senior-level honors physics seminar, PY 101 Intro To Psychology
The psychology department honors program is designed to afford qualified majors the opportunity to participate in activities that prepare them for graduate training in psychology. The two-year program is research-oriented and involves interaction with selected faculty and peers in an enriched and accelerated academic environment. Completion of the program is contingent upon submission of an independently conducted research project equivalent in quality to a master's thesis.
Psychology majors who are in the second semester of their sophomore year with nine hours of completed coursework in psychology (including PY 101 Intro To Psychology, PY 211 Elem Statistical Methods, and a 300-level course) may apply for admission to the psychology department honors program. A completed application and interview by the departmental honors committee are required before acceptance. To be accepted a student must have at least a 3.3 GPA in psychology coursework and a 3.0 cumulative GPA or higher. However, meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.