Honors Program

Angie Chung
Director of honors program: Angie Chung

Sociology Honors Program

The honors program in sociology combines recognition of general academic excellence with demonstrated achievement in sociology. The program is structured to provide advanced exposure to the breath of sociological modes of inquiry, while also stimulating and supporting original, student-initiated exploration of sociological issues under faculty guidance. Students will also benefit from post-graduate and career-related preparation and guidance from the Honors Director.

In collaboration with the School of Criminal Justice, we have also started a new cross-disciplinary expedited track for exceptional seniors and transfer students who are interested in taking the research proposal seminar during the fall semester of their senior year with students from other disciplines. Please contact the Director as soon as possible to apply for this program.

Selection and Evaluation

The student must have declared sociology as a major and have completed their core major requirements (or 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. Upon satisfactory completion of the honors curriculum/ thesis and of courses required of all majors, students will be recommended by the Director of the Honors Program to graduate with honors in sociology. The student must maintain the same grade point average overall and the same average in the major as were required for admission to the honors program. The student may also take the Soc.488 Research Proposal Seminar to meet their Soc.400-level capstone requirement.

If you have any questions regarding the program or want to apply for the program, please contact Professor Chung at aychung@albany.edu.


A total of 36 credits in sociology, including A Soc 115M or 115G, 220, 221, 235, an Honors Research Proposal seminar (A Soc 488w), and a Senior Honors Thesis (A Soc 498). See Honors Program degree requirements.


The undergraduate honors director administers the program, advises students, and helps students in selecting faculty mentors. The thesis may be discussed in a forum involving the adviser and the honors director upon its completion in the senior year.