Departmental Honors Programs

In order to graduate from The Honors College, each honors student must complete the requirements for honors in his or her major, if that major has an honors program. These requirements are described below.

Some majors at UAlbany do not have an honors program. Honors students in these majors should consult with Professor Haugaard about the requirements that they will need to meet.

Honors students are not automatically enrolled in the honors program in their majors. They must meet the entrance requirements and apply through their major departments. Consequently, all honors students should be familiar with the honors requirements in their major.

Students who have two majors may complete the honors requirements for either major.

Africana Studies

When to Apply: Students may apply for admission to the Honors Program as early as the spring semester of the sophomore year.

Admission Requirements: To be admitted to the departmental honors program, the student must have a cumulative grade-point average in University courses of at least 3.25, with a 3.50 minimum grade-point average in the major. Students must be a declared major with l2 or more credits in Africana Studies courses.

Required Courses:As a part of the 36 credits, students must complete any two of the following courses in the Department of Africana Studies: AAS 325 (Introduction to Research Methods); AAS 345 (The Black Novel); AAS 375 (Black Popular Culture); AAS 355Z (Introduction to African and African-American Poetry), AAS320 (Black Nationalism: Political Perspective in Africa), and AAS 322 (Developing African Nations). Students must complete AAS490 the Senior Seminar for African/African American Studies majors as part of the Honors program.

Minimum Overall GPA: 3.25
Minimum GPA for Major: 3.50

Required Honors Project: The director of the Honors Program will assist students in the selection of their faculty advisor for their Honors thesis. Students will work on a major research project under the careful supervision of their faculty advisor. Students are expected to engage in a critical and in-depth analysis on their chosen topic. The Honors project should be between 40 and 60 pages in length. Students will begin their Honors thesis in AAS 490. Students must also take AAS 498 (Topics in African Studies) or AAS 499 (Topics in African American Studies) to complete the Honors thesis. The thesis will be graded by the faculty advisor. The Honors thesis must be approved by the Director of the Honors Program and at least one other professor on the Honors Committee. Students will make an oral presentation of their thesis at a departmental seminar. The Honors course credits will be counted toward the 36 credits required for majors in Africana Studies. Majors in the Department of Africana Studies are required to complete AAS 142, AAS 219 or AAS 219Z, AAS 286 or AAS 287, AAS 490, six credits at the 200 level and six credits at the 300 level or above, and two elective courses for six credits.

Departmental Website: http://www.albany.edu/africana/
Departmental Contact: Professor Marica Sutherland, ms781@albany.edu

Anthropology

When to Apply: To participate in the program, students should contact their advisor during their junior year or at the beginning of their senior year. Students should plan their course work in consultation with their faculty adviser.

Admission Requirements: Must be a declared major with 12 or more credits of Anthropology coursework.

Required Courses: Among the 36 credits of course work in anthropology required for the major, Honors students must complete at least one course at the 300 or 400 level in each of three different subdisciplines (archaeology, cultural anthropology, biological anthropology, linguistics), for a total of 12 credits:
Biological Anthropology: 310, 311,312, 313, 319, 414, 416, 418.
Linguistics: 321, 322, 325, 421, 422, 423, 424, 425, 434.
Archaeology: 330, 331, 332, 333, 335, 338, 339, 430, 431, 433, 435, 438.
Ethnology: 340, 341, 343, 351, 355, 360, 361, 363, 364, 365, 372, 381, 390, 450, 480.
Honors students will also complete 6 credits of coursework in a research skill appropriate for anthropological research. Examples include, but are not limited to, foreign languages, statistics or other quantitative courses, and anthropological methods courses. The research skill courses must be approved by the Undergraduate Affairs Committee.

Minimum Overall GPA: 3.25
Minimum GPA in Major: 3.50

Required Honors Project: Students must write an honors thesis based upon original research under the direction of an anthropology faculty member. Any anthropology faculty member knowledgeable in your topic may supervise a thesis project. A written proposal for the intended project must be formally approved by that faculty member and the departmental Undergraduate Affairs Committee during the semester prior to the semester in which the thesis is completed. Students will enroll in A Ant 482 and 482, Senior Honors Thesis Seminar, during the fall and spring of their senior year. The six credits from these courses can be counted toward the 36 credits required for the Anthropology major.

Departmental Website: http://www.albany.edu/anthro/
Departmental Contact: Professor Sean Rafferty, rafferty@albany.edu

Art

When to Apply: The Honors program is recommended by a faculty member. Honors courses are planned by the end of the previous semester with the faculty member who chooses to work with a particular student.

Admission Requirements: Students in the program are required to complete a minimum of 60 credits, meeting all the requirements of the major.

Required Courses:In addition to general degree requirements, students must complete A Art 496, the Mentor Tutorial.
Minimum Overall GPA: 3.25
Minimum GPA in Major: 3.50

Required Honors Project: Honors Students in Art must complete an Honors Project for 6-12 credits of studio course work. The Honors Project mentor will be a member of the faculty who regularly works with the student in the student's area of concentration.

Departmental Website: http://www.albany.edu/finearts/
Departmental Contact: Professor David Carbone, dcarbone@albany.edu.

Art History

When to Apply: None currently specified, check with Departmental Contact

Admission Requirements:Students should have declared as an Art History major and should have
completed at least 12 credits in the Art History program. Students must have a minimum Overall GPA: 3.25 and a minimum GPA in Major: 3.50.

Required Courses:Must take at least one three-credit course each in the following areas
of Western Art History: Ancient (A Arh 207, A Arh 208, A Arh 209, A Arh
301, A Arh 302, A Arh 303, A Arh 310, A Arh 311, A Arh 401, A Arh 402, A Arh 403, A Arh 405, A Cla 406); Medieval (A Arh 230, 331, A Arh 332, A Arh 442); Early Modern (Renaissance, Baroque, and Eighteenth Century: A Arh 341, A Arh 342, A Arh 350, A Arh 351, A Arh 352, A Arh 450); Modern and Contemporary (A Arh 365, A Arh 366, A Arh 466, A Arh 467, A Arh 468); Film and Photography (A Arh 260, A Arh 261, A Arh 263, A Arh 264, A Arh 265, A Arh 266, A Arh 361, A Arh 362, A Arh 363, A Arh 364, A Arh 367, A Arh 368, A Arh 460, A Arh 461. In addition, must take at least one three-credit course in non-Western Art History (A Arh 280, A Arh 281, A Arh 480, A Ant 233, A Ant 334, A Ant 433).Honors students in Art History are also required to take a research seminar in which they will perform special work devoted to Honors: A Arh 499 (Research Seminar: Special Topics), A Arh 450 (Art and Society in Early Modern France), A Arh 480 (Yuan and Sung Painting), orequivalent seminars as they are developed.

Minimum Overall GPA: 3.25
Minimum GPA in Major: 3.50

Required Honors Project: Honors students in Art History will also be required to take six credits of intensive work culminating in a major project or series of projects. This will comprise two additional Research Seminars with Honors level work or one additional Research Seminar with Honors level work plus three credits of Independent Study or, in exceptional cases, six credits of independent study. The Independent Study credit will generally be developed from research the student began in a Research Seminar and will include Honors level research. An Internship (A Arh 490 or 491 or A Cla 490) with a particularly strong and focused research component may count as three credits toward this requirement.

Departmental Website: http://www.albany.edu/finearts/
Departmental Contact: Professor Sarah Cohen, scohen@albany.edu  

Atmospheric Science

When to Apply: Students who have by the end of their fourth semester attained a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.25 and a grade point average of at least 3.5 in courses required of the major in atmospheric science may apply to the department chair for the program leading to a B.S. degree with honors in atmospheric science. Applications must be submitted before the end of the first semester of the student’s junior year and must be accompanied by letters of recommendation from at least two faculty members.

Admission Requirements: To be admitted to the program, a student must have completed three semesters of physics (A PHY 140 or 141 or T PHY 141, A PHY 145, A PHY 150 or 151 or T PHY 151, 240), three semesters of mathematics (A MAT 111 or 112 or 118 or T MAT 118, A MAT 113 or 119 or T MAT 119, A MAT 214), and must be enrolled in or have completed A ATM 315. These requirements may be altered, upon request, for qualified transfer students. At the end of the junior year, the student’s program will be reviewed by the Honors Committee to see if satisfactory progress is being made.

Required Courses: To be eligible for a degree with honors, students must complete a minimum of 74 credits specified as follows: (1) the physics, mathematics, and chemistry requirements of the major; (2) the core sequence in atmospheric science (A ATM 209, 210 or 210Z, 211, 315, 320, 321, 350, 410 and 411) plus any three A ATM courses at the 400 or 500 level; (3) a coherent core of three upper-division courses in any discipline besides atmospheric science; and (4) 6 credits of A ATM 499 taken over at least two semesters culminating in a significant undergraduate thesis and an honors seminar in the student’s final semester.

Minimum Overall GPA: 3.25
Minimum GPA in Major: 3.50

Required Honors Project: See Required Courses
Departmental Website: Undergraduate Bulletin Atmospheric Science Page
Departmental Contact:

Biology

When to Apply: Students may apply for admission to the Honors program by submitting a letter of request to the departmental Honors committee no later than April 15 of the freshman or sophomore year (for admission for the fall) or November 15 of the sophomore year (for admission in the spring). Junior transfers may apply at the time of their admission to University.

Admission Requirements: The requirements for admission include:
(1) the candidate must declare the major and have completed (or have in progress at time of application) 12 credits of course work required for the biology major, including A Bio 110Z or 110, and 111;
(2) an overall grade point average of 3.50;
(3) a grade point average of 3.50 in courses required for the major; and
(4) a written recommendation from an adviser, professor or teaching assistant if possible. Primary emphasis will be placed on indications of academic ability and maturity sufficient for applicants to complete with distinction a program involving independent research.

Required Courses: Students in the program are required to complete a minimum of 65 or 66 credits as specified for the respective program for the B.S. in biology and must include:
(1) at least 6 credits of independent study (A Bio 399, 499); the independent study, or Honors research project, which will result in an Honors Thesis;
(2) at least 3 credits of course work at the 500 level or higher (not including A Bio 515) in the student's area of interest; and
(3) oral presentation of research at a public seminar.

Minimum Overall GPA: 3.50
Minimum GPA in Major: 3.50
Required Honors Project: See Required Courses.
Departmental Website: http://www.albany.edu/biology/
Departmental Contact: Professor Richard Zitomer, rzitomer@albany.edu

Chemistry

When to Apply: Students may apply for admission to the Honors program by submitting a letter of request to the department chair no later than April 15 of the sophomore year (for admissions in the Fall) or November 15 of the junior year (for admission in the Spring). Junior transfers may apply at the time of their admission to the University.

Admission Requirements:The minimum requirements for admission include:
(1) Completion of A Chm 120 or 130, 121 or 131, 122, 124, 125, 220, 221, 222, 223,225 or their equivalents;
(2) An overall grade point average of 3.50;
(3) A grade point average of 3.60 in chemistry courses required for the major; and
(4) Written recommendations from at least three faculty members, one of whom preferably should be from outside the Department of Chemistry.

Required Courses:
Students in the program are required to complete a minimum of 72 credits as follows: in addition to the 19 credits and mathematics and physics requirements listed for the general B.S. program with chemistry emphasis, A Chm 350, 351, 352, 353, 420, and six credits of advanced chemistry, not including research courses (64 credits total); A Chm 424 (1 credit), 3 credits of A Chm 426 (Undergraduate Research).

Minimum Overall GPA: 3.50
Minimum GPA in Major: 3.60

Required Honors Project: Students must complete 4 credits of A Chm 427 (Honors Undergraduate Research). The independent study must include an Honors research project, culminating with a written Honors thesis and departmental seminar by the end of the student's last semester.

Departmental Website: http://www.albany.edu/chemistry/
Departmental Contact: Professor Paul Toscano, ptoscano@csc.albany.edu

Chinese Studies

When to Apply:  At the beginning of the fall semester (preferably of the senior year), students will submit their honors proposal(s) to the faculty.

Admission Requirements:  Open to declared majors, preferably in their final year of coursework.
Required Courses: Students in the Honors Program are required to complete all requirements for the major in Chinese Studies, Japanese Studies, or East Asian, as well as an Honors Project.

Minimum Overall GPA: None specified.
Minimum GPA in Major: None specified.

Required Honors Project: Two-semester Honors Project sequence required. If the faculty approves the proposal, the student will be assigned a project advisor and will be permitted to enroll in A Eas 495. The project will be evaluated by the project advisor at the end of the fall semester and if the student is making appropriate progress s/he will be permitted to enroll in A Eas 495 again in the spring semester. The project will be formally evaluated by the Department Honors Committee no later than the mid-term point in the second semester of the senior year. The final version of the project must be submitted by the last day of classes during the second semester of the senior year.

Departmental Website: http://www.albany.edu/eas/
Departmental Contact: Professor Anthony Deblasi, deblasi@albany.edu

Communication (Please see Rhetoric and Communication)

Computer Science

When to Apply: None currently specified, check with Departmental Contact

Admission Requirements: To be eligible for admission, the student must declare one of the three Computer Science majors and must have completed the following courses: A Csi 201, 210, 310, 333; A Mat 112 and 113.

Required Courses: To complete the Honors program, the student must complete 12 credits of course work (to be determined by the department in consultation with each student) designed to ensure a rigorous mastery of the discipline, together with an Honors seminar (A Csi 487/487Z).

Minimum Overall GPA: 3.25
Minimum GPA in Major: 3.50
Required Honors Project: Honors students must complete an Honors project of at least 6 credits (A Csi 488Z).
Departmental Website: http://www.cs.albany.edu/
Departmental Contact: Professor Seth Chaiken, sdc@sc.albany.edu

Documentary Studies

When to Apply:  Majors should discuss admission to the Honors Curriculum in Documentary Studies with the Documentary Studies Director at any time during their first or second year or at the beginning of their third year. Transfer students should apply upon their admission to the University.

Admission Requirements: Overall cumulative grade point average of 3.25. Completion of at least 12 credits required for the Documentary Studies major. A grade point average of 3.50 in courses required for the Documentary Studies major.

Required Courses: 12 credits of Honors work, usually fulfilled by A Doc 450 and 451, and taking two 3-credit upper division courses in conjunction with A Doc 400, a course that may be repeated for credit. All students enrolled in the Honors Program will take (in addition to the required A Doc 251 and 450) A Doc 451 (1 credit).

Minimum Overall GPA: 3.25
Minimum GPA in Major: 3.50

Required Honors Project: Students in the Honors curriculum will be expected to produce more substantial final projects for A Doc 450 than non-Honors students. A Doc 451, taken concomitantly with A Doc 450, will provide them with the opportunity and guidance to expand their projects accordingly. Additionally, Honors students must present their final projects at a public seminar.

Departmental Website: http://www.albany.edu/docstudies/
Departmental Contact: Professor Richard Fogarty, rfogarty@albany.edu

East Asian Studies

When to Apply: At the beginning of the fall semester (preferably of the senior year), students will submit their honors proposal(s) to the faculty.

Admission Requirements: Open to declared majors, preferably in their final year of coursework.
Required Courses: See Required Honors Project.
Minimum Overall GPA: None specified.
Minimum GPA in Major: None specified.

Required Honors Project: Two-semester Honors Project sequence required. If the faculty approves the proposal, the student will be assigned a project advisor and will be permitted to enroll in A Eas 495. The project will be evaluated by the project advisor at the end of the fall semester and if the student is making appropriate progress s/he will be permitted to enroll in A Eas 495 again in the spring semester.

Departmental Website: http://www.albany.edu/eas/
Departmental Contact: Professor Anthony Deblasi, deblasi@albany.edu

Economics

When to Apply: Students may apply to the honors program after completing any two of A Eco 300, 301, and 320. Interested students should see the department's Director of Undergraduate Studies even before completing the required courses, for advice on choosing elective courses and on meeting the other requirements of the honors program.

Admission Requirements: To be accepted and to complete the program, the student must have an average of at least 3.40 in all courses applicable to the major and 3.25 in all courses taken at the University.

Required Courses: The Honors student must complete all requirements of the B.S. program in economics, including A Eco 499Z (the Senior Honors Research Seminar) as part of the program.

Minimum Overall GPA: 3.25
Minimum GPA in Major: 3.40

Required Honors Project: A plan for the senior Honors thesis normally arises from consultation with faculty concerning a suitable topic and method of inquiry. The student, with advice and consent of the Economics Honors Committee, will choose a faculty adviser who will assist the student in completing the thesis. Work on the thesis may begin in the junior year, but it must be completed while the student is enrolled in A Eco 499Z.

Departmental Website: http://www.albany.edu/econ/
Departmental Contact: Professor Betty Daniel, bdaniel@albany.edu

English

When to Apply: Interested majors should apply to the English Honors Program in the Spring of their sophomore years, but applications are welcome through the Spring of one’s junior year.  Applications to the program are accepted on a rolling basis between September 30 and April 15. Applications can be found online. Juniors who are considering the program should try to apply in the Fall before pre-registration for their Spring courses; then, you will be able to take English 399.  Interested majors who are transfers from other institutions should take English 210 and English 305Z as soon as possible, and then apply to the program.  Those wishing to write creative theses should take ENG 302Z sometime in their junior year.

Admission Requirements: Applicants are strongly recommended to have completed 12 credits in English, including AEng 210 and one 300-level course.

Required Courses: Students in the honors program complete 37 credits as follows: English 210, English 398Z or 305Z, English 399 or a 500- or 600-level course relevant to the thesis topic to be taken as advised during the senior year; English 498 and 499, and 21 additional credits distributed along the lines laid down for the major.

Minimum Overall GPA: 3.25
Minimum GPA in Major: 3.50
Required Honors Project: An Honors thesis completed in a two-semester sequence is required.
Departmental Website: http://www.albany.edu/english/
Departmental Contact: Professor Jennifer Greiman, jgreiman@albany.edu

French Studies

When to Apply: Students may apply for admission to the Honors Program after the beginning of the second semester of their sophomore year.

Admission Requirements:To gain admission to the program students must have formally declared a major in French and have completed at least 12 credits toward their major, including A Fre 341 and 355. In addition, they must have an overall GPA of at least 3.25, and 3.50 in their major, both of which must be maintained in order to graduate with honors.

Required Courses: Students must complete a minimum of:

   1. 12 credits of courses in the major above A Fre 241 and 355,
   2. a 3-credit independent study course (A Fre 397), and
   3. a 6-credit major project or series of projects, to be completed during the junior and senior year.

Minimum Overall GPA: 3.25
Minimum GPA in Major: 3.50

Required Honors Project: Students must complete a 6-credit major project or series of projects during the junior and senior year. Prior to beginning the project, the student must have written approval from the Academic Committee of French Studies. The project will be evaluated not later than the third quarter of the senior year and submitted in final form by the end of the fourth quarter.

Departmental Website: http://library.albany.edu/subject/french.html
Departmental Contact: Professor Susan Blood, sblood@albany.edu

Geography

When to Apply: Students may apply for admission to the program during their junior year or at the beginning of their senior year.

Admission Requirements: To gain admission, students must have formally declared a major in geography and completed at least 12 credits of course work in the department.

Required Courses: Students must complete a minimum of 48 credits, as follows: A minimum of 42 credits in geography, including: 15-16 credits of required course work, including A Gog 101, 102Z or 102, 396, 400 and one course from A Gog 290, 293 and 385. 20-21 credits of elective course work in geography which must include a) a minimum of 12 credits at or above the 300 level and b) at least one course of a regional nature from the following: A Gog 160 (or 160Z), 225 (or 225Z) 250, 270, 350, 354, (or 354Z) 356 (or 356Z), and 365 (or 365Z).  A minimum of 6 credits of foreign language or of an appropriate research skill, such as computing, statistics, or social research methodology as approved by the adviser and the Honors Committee. If this requirement is met using a foreign language, the student must complete one year of college-level study of the language or achieve placement beyond the first year of that language. For a research skill other than a foreign language, the student must complete 6 credits of relevant course work outside the department.

Minimum Overall GPA: 3.25
Minimum GPA in Major: 3.50

Required Honors Project: 6 credits of Senior Honors Thesis, A Gog 499. During this two-semester sequence, the student will prepare an Honors thesis based on original library and/or field research, under the supervision of a member of the department. A written proposal describing the project must be approved by the adviser and the departmental Honors Committee by the beginning of the student's senior year.

Departmental Website: http://www.albany.edu/gp/
Departmental Contact: Professor Christopher Smith, cjsmith@albany.edu

Greek and Roman Civilization

When to Apply: None currently specified, check with Departmental Contact

Admission Requirements: To be eligible for admission to the honors program, the student must have declared the Greek and Roman Civilization major and selected either of the two concentrations. The student must also have completed at least 12 credits of course work within the major. In the "Classical Literature and Culture" concentration, this would normally include two courses in Latin or Greek. In addition, the student must have an overall GPA of at least 3.25, and 3.50 in the major, both of which must be maintained in order to graduate with honors.

Required Courses: The Honors Program in the Classics Program consists of a structured sequence of at least 12 credits of course work designed to insure that the honors student receives a rigorous and thorough mastery of the discipline. These courses may be drawn from the department's regular offerings in "Mediterranean Archaeology and Art" or "Classical Literature and Culture," depending on the student's concentration in the major.

In addition, the student must complete a specifically designed three-credit junior- or senior-level independent study/research project under the close supervision of a member of the faculty.

Finally, the student must complete at least 6 credits (but no more than 12) of intensive work culminating in a major project (or series of projects). This "intensive work" may take place in an independent study, a group tutorial, a workshop, archaeological field experience, special work in a seminar, and/or undergraduate research.

Minimum Overall GPA: 3.25
Minimum GPA in Major: 3.50

Required Honors Project: The student must have written approval for the project from the honors adviser in the department at the outset of the project. The project will be formally evaluated at the end of the third quarter of the student's senior year and submitted in final form by the end of the fourth quarter.

Departmental Website: http://www.albany.edu/anthro/
Departmental Contact: Professor Stuart Swiny in Anthropology, swiny@albany.edu

History

When to Apply: Students may be admitted to the program in the spring semester of their junior year after formally declaring a major in history. Completed applications should be submitted no later than March 15 of the junior year.

Admission Requirements: To be admitted, students must have completed 15 credits of course work in history (at least 6 of these credits must be at or above the 300-level and must have been earned at the University at Albany). A cumulative grade point average of at least 3.25 overall and an average in history of 3.50

Required Courses: Within the 36 credits required for the history degree, the student must complete three Honors courses. Credits from these Honors program courses (A His 495Z, 496Z, and 497Z) can be counted toward the above requirements and will be credited toward the concentration most appropriate to the subject of the student’s Honors thesis (for example, 'American' or ';European' or 'World History'). His 497Z is Independent Research and Writing in History (4 credits), a course to be taken during the fall of the student's senior year under the supervision of a thesis advisor secured by the student.

Minimum Overall GPA: 3.25
Minimum GPA in Major: 3.50

Required Honors Project: A His 495Z and 496Z, Senior Honors Thesis Seminar, 4 credits each. This seminar will meet throughout the year under the supervision of a department faculty member and will offer students a small-seminar format for learning about historical research and writing, as well as for sharing and critiquing their own work. By the end of the year each student will, in conjunction with this seminar, product a thesis based on original research that is no longer than 60 pages in length.

Departmental Website: http://www.albany.edu/history/undergrad/
Departmental Contact: Professor Richard Fogarty, rfogarty@albany.edu

Japanese Studies

When to Apply: At the beginning of the fall semester (preferably of the senior year), students will submit their honors proposal(s) to the faculty.

Admission Requirements: Open to declared majors, preferably in their final year of coursework.
Required Courses: See Required Honors Project.
Minimum Overall GPA: None specified.
Minimum GPA in Major: None specified.

Required Honors Project: Two-semester Honors Project sequence required. If the faculty approves the proposal, the student will be assigned a project advisor and will be permitted to enroll in A Eas 495. The project will be evaluated by the project advisor at the end of the fall semester and if the student is making appropriate progress s/he will be permitted to enroll in A Eas 495 again in the spring semester.

Departmental Website: http://www.albany.edu/eas/
Departmental Contact: Professor Anthony Deblasi, deblasi@albany.edu.

Journalism

When to Apply: At any time after the admission requirements are met.

Admission Requirements: In order to be considered for the Journalism Honors Program, a student must: (a) be a declared Journalism major; (b) have completed 12 credits in JRL courses; (c) have a minimum 3.25 overall GPA and a minimum 3.50 journalism GPA; and (d) submit an application essay. Transfers can apply after they have completed one semester at the University. Coursework taken elsewhere can be submitted as part of the application but may not qualify for admission.
Required Courses:  In addition to the 36 credits of required courses for the major and for individual concentrations, honors students must take A Jrl 499, Senior Honors Project in Journalism, making a total of 39 credits required for the major.

Minimum Overall GPA: 3.25
Minimum GPA in Major: 3.50

Required Honors Project: A senior project leading to a senior thesis, supervised by a member of the faculty who regularly works in the student's area of concentration.

Departmental Website: http://www.albany.edu/journalism/
Contact: Professor Thomas Bass, tbass@albany.edu

Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino Studies

When to Apply: None currently specified, check with Departmental Contact

Admission Requirements: To be eligible for admission to the Honors program, the student must have declared the major and must have completed at least 12 credits of course work. Majors with the required grade point averages must complete A Lcs 400 Interdisciplinary Research Seminar (3 credits) with a grade of A or A-. In addition, the student must have an overall GPA of at least 3.25, and 3.50 in the major, both of which must be maintained in order to graduate with honors.

Required Courses: A Lcs 497 (See Required Honors Project below).
Minimum Overall GPA: 3.25
Minimum GPA in Major: 3.50

Required Honors Project: The student must complete with a grade of A or A- a specifically designed three-credit junior- or senior-level independent Honors project (A Lcs 497).

Departmental Website: http://www.albany.edu/lacs/
Departmental Contact: Professor Patricia Pinho, ppinho@albany.edu

Linguistics

When to Apply: None currently specified, check with Departmental Contact

Admission Requirements: Declared majors who have completed 12 or more credits of A Lin courses may apply to the program.

Required Courses: Students are required to take 39 credit hours. In addition to satisfying all the linguistics major requirements, the 39 hours must include 12 credits of 400 level A Lin courses. Of these 12 credits, seven must come from A Lin 429 (Field Methods in Anthropological Linguistics, 4 credits) and A Lin 423 (Language Structures, 3 credits), which constitute a seven-credit sequence involving original research projects. Three credits must come from A Lin 495 Honors Thesis (described below). The remaining credits can come from any 400-level Lin course.

Minimum Overall GPA: 3.25
Minimum GPA in Major: 3.50

Required Honors Project: Students must take A Lin 495 (Honors Thesis) in which they write a major research paper. This course should be taken during the final semester of the student's senior year. All students in Lin 495 will make an oral presentation of their research before submitting the final version.

Departmental Website: http://www.albany.edu/lincs/index.html
Departmental Contact: Professor Sean Rafferty, srafferty@albany.edu

Mathematics

When to Apply: A student may be admitted formally to the honors program at any time after the sophomore year, and then will be formally advised by the Director of the Honors Program. However, any student who is interested in the program should see the Director of the Honors Program as early as possible for informal advisement.

Admission Requirements: To be admitted, the applicant must have an academic average in all University courses of at least 3.30, and an academic average in all mathematics courses of at least 3.40.

Required Courses: Students entering the University with strong mathematical backgrounds should consider taking Honors Calculus, A Mat 118 and 119, in place of standard Calculus, A Mat 112 and 113.  Specific course requirements are: A Mat 413 or 413Z, 414, 424, and 9 additional credits from among A Mat 327 or 327Z, 416, 420, 425, 432 or 432Z, 441, 442, 464, 467, 468, 510A, 513A, 520A, 520B, 540A, 557A, 557B, and independent study (maximum of 3 credits).

Minimum Overall GPA: 3.30
Minimum GPA in Major: 3.40
Required Honors Project: The student must write an Honors thesis as part of an independent study.

Departmental Website: http://math.albany.edu:8000/math/
Departmental Contact: Professor Mark Steinberger, mark@math.albany.edu
Music

When to Apply: Normally, application will be made in the semester prior to the junior year, but later applications will be accepted. Decisions of the Honors Committee are final and not subject to review or appeal. If rejected, however, a student may reapply in a subsequent semester.

Admission Requirements:Applicants to the program must be majors concentrating in Composition, Conducting, Electronic Music and Media, Musicology, Performance, or Theory. Students in Performance will be admitted by audition.

Required Courses: None specified.
Minimum Overall GPA: 3.25
Minimum GPA in Major: 3.5

Required Honors Project: In the senior year, students will be required to complete a major project in close consultation with faculty. Acceptable projects include recital, composition, thesis paper, or other undertaking appropriate to the student's concentration and approved by the Honors Committee.

Departmental Website: http://www.albany.edu/music/
Departmental Contact: Professor Albin Zak, azak@albany.edu

Philosophy

When to Apply: Students may be admitted in the second semester of their sophomore year or during their junior year.

Admission Requirements: To be admitted, students must have completed 12 credits of course work from the Department of Philosophy. In addition, students must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 overall and 3.50 in philosophy. Students must submit evidence of their written work, preferably a paper written for a philosophy course.

Required Courses: Students are required to complete a minimum of 42 credits. They must fulfill all regular requirements for the major, and in addition, take at least two 500-level courses in philosophy (8 credits), and A Phi 498 (4 credits).

Minimum Overall GPA: 3.25
Minimum GPA in Major: 3.50

Required Honors Project: A Phi 498, Honors Thesis (4 credits). The Honors thesis is a 20-30 page essay, written in the senior year, under the supervision of a faculty member in the department, and acceptable to the departmental Honors committee.

Departmental Website: http://www.albany.edu/philosophy/
Departmental Contact: Professor Ron McClamrock, ron@albany.edu.

Physics

When to Apply: Students may apply by submitting a letter of request to the department chair no later than April 15 of the sophomore year (for admission in the fall) or November 15 of the junior year (for admission in the spring). Junior transfers may apply at the time of their admission to the University.

Admission Requirements: The minimum requirements for admission include the completion of A Phy 140N, 150N, 240, 250 or their equivalents, an overall grade point average of 3.30,  grade point average of 3.60 in physics courses required for the major, and written recommendations from at least three faculty members, one of whom, preferably, should be from outside the Department of Physics.

Required Courses: Students in the honors program are required to complete a minimum of 72 credits as follows: the 66 credits specified for the general program in physics; 3 credits of Honors Seminar in Physics (A Phy 498); and 3 credits of Research and/or Independent Study in Physics (A Phy 497).

Minimum Overall GPA: 3.30
Minimum GPA in Major: 3.60

Required Honors Project: 3 credits of Research and/or Independent Study in Physics (A Phy 497). The independent study must include an Honors research project culminating in a written report by the end of the student's last semester.

Departmental Website: http://www.albany.edu/physics/
Departmental Contact: Professors Jesse Ernst, jernst@albany.edu, and William Lanford, lanford@cnsunix.albany.edu

Political Science

When to Apply: Majors may discuss admission with the Political Science director of the Honors Program (Professor Morton Schoolman) at any time during their first or second year or at the beginning of their third year. Transfer students should apply upon their admission to the University.

Admission Requirements: The requirements for admission include completion of 9 credits in political science (including, normally, R Pos 101 or 101Z, R Pos 102 or 102Z, and R Pos 103 or 103Z) and an overall cumulative grade point average of 3.50 and 3.70 in Political Science courses. The Director of the Honors Program, however, may make exceptions to this rule for students who show promise of achieving the requisite GPAs overall and in Political Science by graduation

Required Courses: All students beginning the Honors Program will take a new 4-credit course: Great Ideas in Political Science (POS 496Z). This seminar will be taught each fall and will be restricted to honors students. Students in the Honors Program must take two 3 credit POS 300 level courses for one additional credit each (which is acquired by registering for either the 1 credit POS 300 or 300s in conjunction with any 3 credit POS 300 level course).

In addition to attending classes and doing the same assignments as the other students in the course, the additional fourth credit is earned through a tutorial with the faculty member teaching the course that includes extra reading and writing assignments. Students in the Honors Program will have the option of capping their studies with either a 4-credit honors thesis (POS 499Z) written under the supervision of a faculty member of the student's choosing or a 4-credit version of an existing 400-level course in which the honors student will undertake a writing project (a 1 credit POS 400 level in conjunction with any 3 credit POS 400-level course) or POS 495Z.

Honors students will need to have the traditional upper-division area of concentration in American Politics, Global Politics, Public Law, or Political Theory as required of all POS majors. The two 300-level honors courses and the 400-level honors course or honors thesis can be used to fulfill this requirement. Completion of 20 additional credits in Political Science to satisfy the minimum program requirement of a POS major of 36 credits, which will include the required introductory courses POS 101, POS 102, and POS 103.

Minimum Overall GPA: 3.50
Minimum GPA in Major: 3.70

Required Honors Project: Students in the Honors program will have the option of capping their studies with either a 4-credit Honors thesis (R Pos 499Z) written under the supervision of a faculty member or a 4-credit version of an existing 400-level course in which the Honors student will undertake a major writing project (R Pos 400-level + 1 credit R Pos 400) or R Pos 495Z.

Departmental Website: http://www.albany.edu/rockefeller/pos/index.htm
Departmental Contact: Professor Meredith Weiss, mweiss@uamail.albany.edu

Psychology

When to Apply: A psychology major, or double major with psychology listed first, may file an application for admission with the Honors Committee as early as the second semester of the sophomore year or as soon as the minimum requirements for admission to the program have been satisfied.

Admission Requirements: The minimum requirements for admission include completion of APSY 101M, APSY 210, and APSY 211. If the student has not been able to complete APSY 211 by the first semester of the junior year, permission to take it concurrently with the Honors Seminar may be given.

Required Courses: Honors students must complete 48 hours in psychology including A Psy 101 or 102, 210, 211, 310, 399, and 499 (6 credits). The program commences with the Honors Seminar (A Psy 399) in the fall semester of the junior year. A Psy 211 must be taken at this time if it has not already been completed.

Minimum Overall GPA: 3.30
Minimum GPA in Major: 3.50

Required Honors Project: In addition, students must submit a senior Honors thesis acceptable to the research sponsor and the Honors Committee. The Honors student will conduct the research in two project courses (A Psy 499) during the second semester of the junior and the first semester of the senior year. The Honors Thesis will consist of a review of the literature, a motivation for the hypothesis, a description of the experimental design (from the research proposal), a summary of the data with statistical analysis, and a discussion.

Departmental Website: http://www.albany.edu/psychology/
Departmental Contact: Professor Laurie Feldman, lf503@albany.edu

Public Policy

When to Apply: The student may apply to the honors program during the sophomore or during the first semester of their junior year.

Admission Requirements: Must be a declared major with at least 12 credits of coursework in the major. The student must have an overall grade point average not lower than 3.25 and a grade point average of 3.50 in the core subjects in public policy is required for admission to the honors program.

Required Courses: Students in the honors program complete 63 credits rather than the 54 normally required for the BA in Public Policy. The additional nine credits reflect the advanced work of the honors program. For three of the additional nine credits, students take one Honors Credit (PUB300) in connection with each of three 300-level classes in Public Administration and Policy. In addition to attending classes and doing the same assignments as the other students in the normal 300-level course, they will earn the fourth credit through a tutorial with the faculty member teaching the course that will include extra reading and writing assignments.

Minimum Overall GPA: 3.25
Minimum GPA in Major: 3.50

Required Honors Project: Students also take Pub 494, Honors Research, for 3 credits in the Fall of the Senior year or the Spring of the Junior year to engage in research with a faculty member designated by student and approved by the Director of Undergraduate Public Policy Program in order to generate the research necessary to complete their Honors thesis. Finally, students in the Honors Program take Pub 495, the Honors Seminar, a 3 credit class that highlights the dominant intellectual arguments occurring currently in the area of public policy research. Students take Pub 496, the Honors Thesis, a 3-credit class designed to facilitate students in constructing their Honors thesis into the appropriate format, in lieu of the Senior Seminar in Public Policy (Pub 499). The honors thesis is approximately 30 pages. The paper is to be created in conjunction with a faculty mentor approved by the Director of Public Policy (and the paper may be co-authored with the chosen faculty mentor).

Departmental Website: http://www.albany.edu/rockefeller/pad/
Departmental Contact: Professor David Andersen, david.andersen@albany.edu

Puerto Rican Studies

When to Apply: No secific time is currently specified, check with Departmental contact

Admission Requirements: To be eligible for admission to the Honors program, the student must have declared the major and must have completed at least 12 credits of course work. To be admitted to the Honors Program, majors with the required grade point averages must complete A Lcs 400 Interdisciplinary Research Seminar (3 credits) with a grade of A or A-.

Required Courses: A Lcs 497 (See Required Honors Project below).
Minimum Overall GPA: 3.25
Minimum GPA in Major: 3.50

Required Honors Project: After admission to the Honors Program, the student must complete with a grade of A or A- a specifically designed three-credit junior- or senior-level independent Honors project (A Lcs 497).

Departmental Website: http://www.albany.edu/lacs/02-05opportunities.html
Departmental Contact: Professor Patricia Pinho, ppinho@albany.edu

Rhetoric and Communication

When to Apply: Students may apply for admission at any point during a semester and may reapply if rejected after the close of that semester or thereafter.

Admission Requirements: In order to be admitted to the honors program, students need to be a major in the department with a 3.50 average in the required course for admission to the major. Students must also have completed at least two full-time semesters of college study at Albany, with an overall average of at least 3.50, or the equivalent in the case of transfer students. Students can also be admitted to the program on a provisional basis if you have fewer than 12 credits in communication. Upon completion of 12 credits, your admission will be finalized. Once students meet these requirements and want to be admitted to the Honors Program, contact the director of the Honors Program, Dr. Annis Golden (SS 347). She will then ask you to write a letter in which you will officially apply for admission to the program.

Required Courses: See Required Honors Project.
Minimum Overall GPA: maintain at or above 3.30 (must be at least 3.50 to apply)
Minimum GPA in Major: 3.50

Required Honors Project: Instead of 6 credits of electives at the 300 level or above, students in the Honors program must complete either an Honors project for 6 credits (A Com 499), or a senior Honors project for 3 credits (A Com 499) plus 3 credits in a graduate course in Communication (for undergraduate credit) with approval of the undergraduate director. The Honors Project or the Senior Honors Project has to be completed under the supervision of a faculty member in the department. While students can contact by themselves the faculty member with whom they want to complete one of these two projects, the final selection must be approved by the director of the Honors Program.

Departmental Website: http://www.albany.edu/communication/
Departmental Contact: Professor Annis Golden, agolden@albany.edu

Russian

When to Apply: Students may apply for admission to the Honors program by submitting a letter of request to the program no later than April 15 of the sophomore year (for admission in the fall) or November 15 of the junior year (for admission in the spring). Junior transfers may apply for consideration at the time of their admission to the University.

Admission Requirements: Application includes written recommendations from at least three faculty members, one of whom should be from outside Slavic and Eurasian Studies, an overall grade point average of 3.30, and a grade point average of 3.60 in courses in Russian language and literature.

Required Courses: Students in the Honors program are required to complete a minimum of 44-45 credits as follows:
36 credits as specified for the general program in Russian or 35 credits as specified for the teacher education program in Russian; 3 credits of A Rus 397 taken in the second semester of the junior year or in the first semester of the senior year, in the course of which an independent project leading to a research paper will be carried out under faculty supervision; 3 credits of A Rus 397 taken during the senior year (see Required Honors Project below); 3 credits of A Rus 495, Senior Honors Seminar.

Minimum Overall GPA: 3.30
Minimum GPA in Major: 3.60

Required Honors Project: Requires 3 credits of A Rus 397 taken during the senior year, in the course of which an independent research project resulting in an Honors thesis will be carried out. In addition, students must satisfactorily complete a comprehensive examination administered before the end of the second semester of the senior year.

Departmental Website: http://www.albany.edu/llc/russian.shtml
Departmental Contact: Professor Charles Rougle, rougle@albany.edu

Sociology

When to Apply: None currently specified, check with Departmental contact

Admission Requirements: The student must have declared sociology as a major and have completed at least 12 credits of course work in sociology. The student must have an overall grade point average not lower than 3.25 and a 3.50 in sociology for admission to the honors program.

Required Courses: A total of 36 credits in sociology, including A Soc 115 or 115Z, 220, 221, 235, two substantive courses (300 level or higher) directly related to the topic of the Honors thesis, A Soc 488Z and A Soc 498.

Minimum Overall GPA: 3.25
Minimum GPA in Major: 3.50
Required Honors Project: Senior Honors Thesis (A Soc 498).
Departmental Website: http://www.albany.edu/sociology/index.html
Departmental Contact: Professor David Wagner, d.wagner@albany.edu

Spanish

When to Apply: Students may apply for admission to the Honors Program after the beginning of the second semester of their sophomore year.

Admission Requirements: To gain admission to the program students must have formally declared a major in Spanish and have completed at least 12 credits toward their major. In addition, they must have an overall GPA of at least 3.25, and 3.50 in their major, both of which must be maintained in order to graduate with honors.

Required Courses: Students must complete a minimum of 40 credits, including a 4 credit Honors Thesis (A Spn 499), as well as 36 credits normally required for the major. Specific requirements are as follows:
Spanish core: (18 credits) A Spn 205 or 206, 207, 223, 301 or 301Z, 312, and 316.
Students who choose the Literature Sequence are required to take at least three Literature courses at the 400 or 500 level. Students who choose the Language and Civilization Sequence must take at least one civilization course at the 400 level. Students who choose the Linguistics Sequence must take at least one 400-level linguistics course in addition to A Spn 402. Students who choose the Secondary Education Sequence will be required to take both A Spn 403 and 404.

Minimum Overall GPA: 3.25
Minimum GPA in Major: 3.50

Required Honors Project: All Honors students are required to complete a 4-credit Honors Thesis. The topic must be related to their specific sequence of study.

Departmental Website: http://www.albany.edu/llc/
Departmental Contact: Professor Maurice Westmoreland, mwestmoreland@albany.edu 

Theatre

When to Apply: None currently specified, check with Departmental contact

Admission Requirements: A Thr 210, 221, 222 and 322 completed or in progress; no fewer than 12 credits toward the major.

Required Courses: In addition to general program requirements, Honors students must complete a 500 or 600 level Honors seminar (3 credits). See also Required Honors Project below.

Minimum Overall GPA: 3.25
Minimum GPA in Major: 3.50

Required Honors Project: Honors students must complete an Honors seminar or independent study in which substantial research is done in preparation for the Honors project (3 credits) and a semester-long Honors project (3 credits).

Departmental Website: http://www.albany.edu/theatre/
Departmental Contact: Professor James Farrell, jpf@albany.edu

Women’s Studies

When to Apply: To be admitted, a student must submit the Honors Program Application Form to the Women's Studies Department office late in the sophomore year or anytime junior year. Junior transfers may apply at the time of their admission to the University or as soon as they are eligible, based on the list above. The application form may be obtained from the department office (Social Science 341).

To be admitted, a student must submit the Honors Program Application Form to the Women's Studies Department office late in the sophomore year or anytime junior year. Junior transfers may apply at the time of their admission to the University or as soon as they are eligible, based on the list above. The application form may be obtained from the department office (Social Science 341).

Admission Requirements: To be eligible to apply, a student must have completed at least 12 credits of course work toward the Women's Studies major and must maintain a minimum overall grade point average of 3.25 during junior and senior years as well as a minimum of 3.50 grade point average for all courses applicable toward the major. (If the GPAs fall below those levels, the student's courses in the Honors Program will still count toward the Women's Studies major.)

Required Courses: A Wss 495.
Minimum Overall GPA: 3.25
Minimum GPA in Major: 3.50

Required Honors Project: As part of their elective credits for the major, students must also complete 3 credits of intensive work culminating in an independent research or creative Honors project. During the senior year, Honors students fulfill the requirements for the Honors program by enrolling in A Wss 495 Honors Project during the fall semester concurrently with A Wss 490Z, Research Seminar in Women's Studies. Alternatively, students who have been admitted into the Honors program during their sophomore year may enroll in A Wss 490Z in the fall semester of their junior year in preparation for completion of the Honors sequence during the subsequent two semesters.

Departmental Website: http://www.albany.edu/ws/
Departmental Contact: Professor Barbara Sutton, bsutton@albany.edu