Eligibility

Not everyone is qualified to do an Honors project. College-wide rules limit Honors to students who have 3.0 cumulative QPA or a 3.0 QPA in junior-year courses.  In most cases, students admitted to honors in Classical Studies are CLST majors who have already completed a significant amount of work in departmental courses. You are required to have a minimum overall QPA of 3.3 and a minimum QPA of 3.5 in the major.

Depending on the wishes of the faculty honors advisor, students may also be required to submit a written prospectus outlining their proposed topic. Exceptions to these requirements can be negotiated in extraordinary circumstances: ask your advisor or the department Chairman if you are uncertain about whether you qualify.

Also keep in mind that your ability to pursue honors is contingent on your finding a faculty member who is willing to work with you as honors advisor. We encourage students to do honors, and will try to accommodate all qualified students who express an interest, but a number of factors including staff availability and teaching loads will make it impossible from time to time to fulfill all requests. Directing an honors thesis involves a considerable amount of work for your advisor, work which s/he must do in addition to his/her normal responsibilities. No professor is obliged to direct an honors thesis if for any reason s/he feels unable to do so.