Departmental Honors

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Students may be eligible for Departmental Honors if they meet all of the following requirements prior to enrolling in departmental honors courses:

  • Complete a minimum of six upper division major courses
  • Obtain a 3.7 grade-point-average or better in those six courses

*Eligibility must be verified by the departmental counselor.


Once a student is verified that they are eligible to pursue departmental honors, they can proceed to finding a faculty mentor in the department and complete the following:

  • Enroll in Portuguese 198A and 198B or Spanish 198A and 198B in consecutive quarters. (Portuguese 198A and Spanish 198A are 4-unit courses to research and prepare a draft of a thesis. Portuguese 198B and Spanish 198B are 2-unit courses where students complete a thesis of approximately 25-30 pages on the selected topic.)
  • Receive approval of the honors thesis by the faculty mentor

*Please note that Portuguese 198A/B and Spanish 198A/B are not eligible for major credit.