Honors Program

The Application deadline for Honors 2018-2019 is
Monday, July 9, 2018.

The department is currently discussing and reviewing the Honors program for the 2018-2019 academic year.  As soon as decisions are finalized, the application and program requirements will be updated on this page.

The Sociology Honors Program is an academically rigorous program, designed for students who want closer intellectual contact with faculty, as well as students who are interested in graduate work in sociology or related professional fields.  Over the course of the year, the program creates a cohort experience for participants through shared coursework and training and builds a community of undergraduate scholars.

Honors curriculum trains students to design and execute their own research through small seminars, independent study with faculty, and an Honors statistics course. The Honors year culminates in students’ presentations of their Senior Thesis projects in Spring quarter at the Undergraduate Symposium in Mary Gates Hall as well as at the Sociology Department’s Undergraduate Symposium, sponsored by AKD.

Successful graduates of the Sociology Honors Program are awarded a “Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Sociology.”  Students who complete both Interdisciplinary Honors and Departmental Honors are awarded a “Bachelor of Arts with College Honors in Sociology.”

In the 2017/2018 academic year, the Sociology Honors Program Faculty Director will be Professor Sarah Quinn.

Admission Requirements

  • Acceptance into the Sociology major
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.50 in all UW Sociology courses
  • Minimum cumulative UW GPA of 3.30

2017-2018 Honors Program Requirements

The program is designed to run from autumn quarter through spring quarter of the senior year. Students must complete the following requirements to graduate with Honors:

  • SOC 496-497, Honors Senior Seminar
    This two-quarter sequence, taught by the Honors Director, will cover advanced theory and study design in preparation for the Honors Thesis. Autumn 2017 - Winter 2018
  • SOC 321, Honors Statistics
    Autumn 2017
  • Successful completion of the Honors Thesis
    Students will register for SOC 495 (Honors Senior Thesis) under the supervision of an individual faculty mentor with expertise in the relevant area of interest. Spring 2018
  • Sociology GPA of at least 3.50 and UW GPA of at least 3.30 at graduation
  • Honors students complete at least 60 Sociology credits (rather than 50 for the regular major)

Applying to the Sociology Honors Program

Prospective students should apply to the Honors Program in the spring/summer quarter of their junior year. To download the 2017-2018 documents follow these links:

2017-2018 Honors Program Summary, a print-friendly version of information

2017-2018 Application Form and Instructions

Honors Requirements Checklist

A completed application will include the application form, a statement of purpose, a writing sample, and an unofficial transcript. More details are found in the Program Summary document above.

The 2017-2018 Honors Cohort

William Bernard, Ignacio Cabezudo, Yana Chakalo, Snow Christensen, Johnathan Hsu, Ramin Jabbarialghanab, Mara Kage, Jackson Nahpi, and George Rhodes.

The 2017-2018 Honors Students will be presenting their research at the Undergraduate Symposium on Friday, May 18, 2018 and at the Sociology Department’s Undergraduate Symposium on Wednesday, May 23, 2018. Students who are considering applying for Sociology Honors Program in the 2018-2019 academic year are strongly encouraged to attend both these events.

The 2016-2017 Honors Cohort

2017-2018 Honors Cohort group picture.

Amy Christison: "The Impact of Destination of Access to Healthcare for Immigrants in the United States." Faculty mentors: Kate Stovel and Hedy Lee.

Adel Clifton: "The Push and Pull of Capitol Hill: An Examination of Queer Movement in Seattle." Faculty mentors: Sarah Quinn and Michael Brown.

Lauren Halle: "Inspiration Porn and Down Syndrome: Promoting Inclusion or Reinforcing Stereotypes?" Faculty mentor: Heather Evans.

Havana McElvaine: "Just Another Hashtag: A Social Critique of Video Recorded Police Violence and Political Disempowerment in 2017." Faculty mentors: Brian Sargent, Hedy Lee, and Ralina Joseph.

Kathryn Reynolds: "Disadvantage and Crime in United States Neighborhoods: The Impacts of Neighborhood Clustering." Faculty mentors: Kyle Crowder and Robert Crutchfield.

Rachel Sanders: "Immigration as a Benefit to Mental Health: Understanding the Mechanisms Behind Epidemiological Paradox." Faculty mentor: Rene Flores.

Justin Traughber: "Meet Your Neighbors: Experiences of Homelessness in a Gentrifying Neighborhood." Faculty mentors: Katherine Beckett and Hedy Lee.

The 2015-2016 Honors Cohort

2015-2016 Honors Cohort Photo

Eliseo Banda-Gonzalez: "Journey of a Dreamer: Perspectives from the College Experiences of Undocumented University Students." Faculty mentor: Alexes Harris.

Kasey Boettcher: "An Examination of Trends in Female Gender Stereotype Portrayals in Top Rated PC and Console Games: 1996-2015." Faculty mentor: Kate Stovel.

Claudia Godina: "Measuring the Wellbeing of Immigrants in Undocumented Communities in the United States." Faculty mentor: Kyle Crowder.

Crystal Kim: "Virtual Ethnographic Analysis of Online Portrayal of Eating Disorders." Faculty mentor: Emilio Zagheni.

Victor Morales: "#__________ LivesMatter: A Content Analysis of Racial Discourse Via Twitter." Faculty mentor: Emma Spiro.

Ferdinand Orbino: "SHOTS FIRED! Socio-Structural Context and Mass Shootings in the U.S." Faculty mentor: Stew Tolnay.

Kaid Ray-Tipton: "Latent Affects of Cannabis Legislation: Racial Disproportionality and Disparity in Washington State Drug Convictions. 2000-2015." Faculty mentor: Alexes Harris.

Andrea Rocha: "Navigating Sustainable Practice: Attitudes, Behavior, and Social Influences in Emerald City." Faculty mentor: Kara Dillard.

Laura Vawter: "What Do I Know About What’s Good for the Country? An Investigation of How Non-Voters from Different Backgrounds Understand their Place in Politics." Faculty mentor: Sarah Quinn.

The 2014-2015 Honors Cohort

2014-2015 Honors Cohort Photo

Zoe Bill: YesAllWomen: "The Leadership Structure of an Online Social Movement." Faculty mentors: Emma Spiro and Emilio Zagheni.

Olivia Godsil: "Exploring the Association between Obesity and the Built Environment."  Faculty mentor: Sara Curran.

Ferdose Idris: "Red States vs. Blue States: Who Does Better for Our Kids?" Faculty mentor: Stew Tolnay.

Farida Matta: "Men’s Losses Come to Be Women’s Gains: An Overview of Female Predominance in Higher Education." Faculty mentor: Julie Brines.

Andrew McMartin: "Paternal Incarceration and Adolescent Delinquency: Assessing the Moderating Role of Neighborhood Social Capital." Faculty mentor: Kyle Crowder.

Mark Noel: "Gender and Generation: A Comparative Analysis of Farmers in Washington State." Faculty mentor: Kate Stovel.

Katherine Raffa: "Social Construction of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder." Faculty mentors: Jerry Herting and Hedy Lee.

James Sharma: "Social Characteristics of Populist Radical Right Voters in Greece."  Faculty mentor: Steve Pfaff.

Regina Shaw: "Immigrant Generation and Feeling 'In Control'." Faculty mentor: Charles Hirschman.

Shannon Wong: "The Increasing Effects of Incarceration on Poverty Rates in the U.S." Faculty mentor: Jake Rosenfeld.

Maggie Yuse: "The Role of Mental Illness in Police Stops and Arrests." Faculty mentor: Jerry Herting.

Page Last Updated 05/2018.