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The Honors Program

The Philosophy Department at UC Davis offers the Philosophy Honors Program for qualified undergraduate seniors. Participation in this program is a prerequisite for awards of high honors or highest honors at graduation.


To be eligible for departmental recommendation for high or highest honors in Philosophy at graduation, students must complete the Philosophy Honors Program, which constitutes completion of the Honors Program of the College of Letters and Science.  In addition, students must achieve a grade-point average (GPA) that qualifies them for honors in the College.  The required average is based on the number of units taken at UC Davis and the percentile among graduating seniors in which the GPA falls.  Details may be found in the General Catalog.

Students will be invited to participate in the Philosophy Honors Program on the basis of grade-point averages, interviews, and faculty recommendations. Membership in the Program is restricted to students who meet the following criteria:

  • they are majors in philosophy
  • they have completed at least 135 units
  • they have achieved a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.5 in the UC Davis courses they have taken that count toward the major
  • they have achieved a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.5 in the UC Davis upper-division philosophy courses they have taken that count toward the major


Honors students are required to complete courses 194HA and 194HB during two quarters of their honors year. These courses are usually taken in conjunction with graduate seminars. Please consult departmental major advisor, Dr. Mattey, for more details.

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