Honors Program

The UC Davis Department of Philosophy conducts an Honors Program for qualified undergraduate seniors.

Completion of the Philosophy Honors Program is a prerequisite for awards of high honors or highest honors at graduation.

Eligibility

The Philosophy Honors Program constitutes completion of the Honors Program of the College of Letters and Science. 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 of the GPA among graduating seniors. The Honors and Prizes section of the online UC Davis General Catalog lists details for calculating eligibility.

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:

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

Requirements

Honors students are required to complete courses PHI 194HA and PHI 194HB (Honors Research Project) during two quarters of their honors year. These courses are usually taken in conjunction with graduate seminars. Please consult the departmental major advisor, GJ Mattey, Ph.D., for more details.