Honors Opportunities

Sociology, Social Psychology and Criminology & Criminal Justice majors can receive an honors distinction in the following ways:


Department Honors Awards

Honors Awards are issued to graduating seniors with outstanding records of academic achievement. These awards are presented at the Sociology Department Honors Convocation, which is held at the end of Spring semester. Awardees are invited to attend the College of Liberal Arts Honors Convocation and are acknowledged in the University Commencement program.

The T. Scott Miyakawa Memorial Prize, named after a founding member of the department, is awarded to a Sociology major with an outstanding record of academic achievement and community engagement.

Departmental Distinction is conferred upon students majoring in Sociology, Criminology & Criminal Justice, and Social Psychology. The faculty selects recipients based on academic merit. The number of awards varies according to enrollment, but is usually 10-15.


Departmental Honors Major Distinction

The Departmental Honors Major provides Sociology, Social Psychology, and Criminology & Criminal Justice majors the chance to explore an intellectual passion by conducing hands-on research. Completion of Departmental Honors research is noted on the student's transcript. Students who successfully complete and present their honors research are recognized at the Sociology Department Honors Convocation, which is held at the end of spring semester. Students also are invited to attend the College of Liberal Arts Honors Convocation and are acknowledged in the University Commencement program.

Eligibility

Registration

Students must register for Departmental Honors at the beginning of the Fall Semester prior to Commencement. To register, complete this Registration Form and submit it via email to Genevieve Morse in the Sociology Department. Students then will be enrolled in SOCIOL 478: Directed Study in Sociology. During this course, students develop a research project and complete a research paper under the supervision of a faculty member. Independent research is presented in an open forum to interested faculty and students during the CLA Undergraduate Research Week. Additional information is available on this Fact Sheet.


Honor Societies: Sociology and Criminal Justice

Membership in an honor society provides a wonderful springboard for professional growth. Honor society members have expanded opportunities for promoting their research, applying for conference funding, receiving national recognition, and interacting with leaders in their field. Active participation enables students to develop stronger professional and social networks among the Sociology Department’s faculty, students, and alumni. An annual Honor Society induction ceremony is held at the end of each spring semester.

Alpha Kappa Delta - The Sociology Honor Society

Alpha Kappa Delta was founded in 1920. The UMass Boston chapter is one of 490 worldwide chapters. Eligible undergraduates are sociology and social psychology majors and minors who rank in the top 35% of their class, have an overall GPA of 3.3 or higher, and have a GPA of 3.2 or higher in the major or minor. Eligible graduate students have completed 12 or more credits with an overall GPA of 3.2 or higher. The $40 fee pays for lifetime membership and a year’s subscription to the journal Sociological Inquiry. For information about the history, benefits and programs of AKD, please visit its home page. For recruitment questions, contact the AKD faculty advisor, Professor Cinzia Solari.

Alpha Phi Sigma - The Criminal Justice Honor Society

Alpha Phi Sigma was founded in 1942. It is proudly associated with the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. The purposes of APS are to promote critical thinking, rigorous scholarship and lifelong learning; to keep abreast of the advances in scientific research; to elevate the ethical standards of the criminal justice professions; and to sustain in the public mind the benefit and necessity of education and professional training. Members must maintain a minimum 3.2 GPA in Criminal Justice courses and overall. The $50 fee pays for lifetime membership. For information about the history, benefits and programs of APS, please visit its home page. For recruitment questions, contact the APS faculty advisor, Professor Heather Zaykowski.