Honors

College Honors (Latin)
 

College Honors are based on the entirety of the student record, but the awarding of departmental honors for work in a concentration is a precondition for the recommendation by the College of Latin honors in the field. Honors designations appear on your degree and transcript. (See Handbook for Students or consult your Allston Burr Resident Dean in your House for more information.)

 
Departmental Honors (English)
 

Departmental Honors are determined by the department, committee, school, or program that oversees the relevant concentration and are based solely on work done in the concentration.  In Psychology, Honors recommendations are based on a combination of final concentration GPA and thesis status/evaluation.  The Department’s Committee on Undergraduate Instruction will review each student's record and present its recommendations to the faculty, which will vote the final departmental degree recommendation (no Honors, Honors, High Honors, or Highest Honors).

Final concentration GPA is calculated from a student's best 12 courses that meet the requirements, including final semester grades.  Courses that meet the requirements include the Introductory Course requirement, Foundational Courses, Basic and Research Methods, Sophomore Tutorial, the required number of Advanced Courses, and any additional track-specific courses. See the requirements chart for details of each track.  If a student has taken an excess of courses that meet the requirements - for example, if a student has taken 7 Advanced Courses and only 6 are required - the best 6 grades for Advanced Courses will be counted.  If a student has taken 985 (Junior Thesis Tutorial), the concentration GPA will be based on 11 courses.  
 
Departmental Non-Thesis Honors
  • Students who do not complete a thesis are only eligible for a recommendation of Honors.
  • Final concentration GPA must be 3.85 or higher.
  • No application to the Department is required.  Students who are recommended for Honors will be notified prior to graduation.
Departmental Thesis Honors
  • Students completing a thesis are eligible for a recommendation of Honors, High Honors, or Highest Honors.
  • Recommendation is based on combination of thesis grade and final concentration GPA (see chart below).
  • Requires Thesis application submitted by spring of Junior year.
Departmental Thesis Honors Calculation Chart

(Approved at Department Meeting, 27 October 1981)