The department offers several annual awards to outstanding students on the basis of merit.
Department Awards and Honors
The Ray Collins Alumni Award is given annually by the Sociology Alumni Association to the top graduating senior. The awardee is selected by the faculty on the basis of GPA, and the award consists of first-year membership dues in the Sociology Alumni Association and a cash award.
The Sociology Alumni Awards are awarded by faculty annually on the basis of merit. In addition, one outstanding senior, junior, and freshman are recognized annually based on merit. The Outstanding Sociology Minor Award is presented to the graduating student with the most outstanding minor GPA record.
Department Honors in Sociology are awarded to B.A. and B.S. degree candidates in sociology with an overall grade point average of 3.2 or better.
A series of undergraduate awards are given to outstanding students. The Freshman Sociology Award is given to the outstanding freshman student in lower-division sociology course work; the Outstanding Junior Sociology Major Award is given to the outstanding junior sociology major; the Outstanding Sociology Minor Award is presented to the graduating student with the most outstanding minor GPA record; and the Outstanding Sociological Statistics and Methods Award is given to the sociology major with the best overall record in Sociology 3220 and 3230. This award carries a stipend for the student to serve as an undergraduate course assistant for Sociology 3220, or 3230.
The sociology department will award department honors for those B.A. and B.S. degree candidates in sociology with an overall grade point average of 3.2 or better. They must also successfully complete an independent study through Sociology 4350, Special Study.