The College of Arts and Sciences offers to outstanding students the option of gaining Honors/Distinction at the time of graduation. Students in the College of Arts and Sciences Honors Program take a set of courses to complete the Areas of Knowledge requirements for all majors. To qualify for College Honors posting on the transcript, students must be simultaneously enrolled in a department’s Honors Option.
There are two Honors Options available to LSJ students to pursue departmental honors – the individualized option and the group option. The individualized option enables a student to pursue a research question in significant depth, with the assistance of a faculty mentor. This option is best for those students who wish to focus on a particular topic and who are strongly self-motivated. The group option enables a collection of students to work together to address a research question, in coordination with a local organization and with the active supervision of a faculty member. This option is best for those students who desire a greater degree of faculty involvement in the execution of research and who enjoy collaborative work.
In either instance, students must have and maintain a minimum 3.5 grade point average, and must receive faculty approval to participate. In addition, students must complete a second LSJ Departmental Seminar (beyond the one already required for the major).
To pursue the individualized option, a qualified student must propose and complete a two-quarter honors thesis (5 credits each quarter), to be supervised by an LSJ faculty supervisor and a faculty reader (the reader can come from a department other than LSJ). The application form for this option is found on the Useful Forms part of the LSJ website. Successful Honors Thesis proposals are often developments of topics studied in one or more LSJ classes taken previously. Relating a thesis topic to previous classes helps in getting a faculty supervisor for the project, but it also means that a student is more likely to have read some of the foundational academic materials related to the topic.
Pursuit of the group option requires approval of the faculty member teaching the course. This course is also a two-quarter sequence, typically fall and winter quarters. LSJ majors can expect announcements about the course focus in the prior spring quarter, and an explanation of how to apply to participate.
The Honors Option in LSJ may be posted independently of College Honors on a student’s transcript.
This award is named after the long-time Director and founder of the Society and Justice Program (preceded the LSJ Program). The award is given, at the LSJ Graduation Celebration, to the graduating student who is deemed to have demonstrated the highest level of academic performance in the program. Faculty nominate students for this award. Student awardees are presented a certificate and small cash prize at the annual Graduation Celebration.
The FBI Citizenship Award
In the late 1990′s, local civic-minded FBI agents donated funds to recognize outstanding Law, Societies and Justice (formerly Society and Justice) students for both academic achievement and community service. Each year, a graduating senior is selected to receive a certificate and small cash prize, after being nominated by the faculty and/or Director. The award is given at the annual LSJ Graduation Celebration.
The Karin Stromberg Award for Contribution to Social Justice
This award will be given each year to the graduating senior who most impressively combines high academic achievement and distinguished service activity contributing to the advancement of social justice. This award recognizes the contributions of Karin Stromberg to the Law, Societies, and Justice program in its formative years. Karin touched the lives of many students and faculty with her characteristic grace, warmth, and profound commitment to social justice. This award will be given based on nominations by faculty in the form of a certificate and a small cash prize at the annual LSJ Graduation Celebration.