Sociology Honors Program


The Honors Program in Sociology is open to outstanding Sociology majors during their junior and senior year. To gain admission to the program, potential Honors students normally take Sociology courses in theory (Sociology 120), methods (Sociology 110), statistics (Sociology 10A-B-C) and at least two Sociology core courses. Students who receive an average grade of 3.5 or better in these courses are eligible for the Honors program. In addition, Honors students should have an average of 3.2 or better in all courses taken at UCI. Majors who are transfers may petition for entry into the program based on their grades from their former schools.

During their senior year, Honors Program students write a thesis, designed and carried out under faculty supervision. Projects normally entail some empirical analysis of sociological data. Students meet regularly in a two-quarter Honors seminar to design and carry out these projects, to exchange ideas, and to help analyze each other's work (Sociology H188A and H188B; satisfies Sociology major requirement C: Honors students do not have to take Sociology 180A). Honors students are required to attend at least two (2) research talks or colloquia. Students are encouraged to attend talks related to their Honors thesis and hosted by the UCI Sociology  department, although talks about research on any social issue may count toward this requirement. Students can consult the Honors Program Director if they are unsure about a talk's eligibility. Following their attendance at a research talk, students complete and submit a  short form in which they briefly summarize the talk and its data and methods and identify one  lesson learned that might inform or improve their Honors thesis project. The form should be submitted to the Honors Program Director within seven (7) days of attending the talk. Although attendance at only two talks is required, students are encouraged to attend more than two research talks. Upon successful completion of the program, students graduate with Honors in Sociology. To learn more about the benefits of undergrad research, please click here.



Honors Program Application form is available here: Online Honors Program Application Form

Application Deadline is June 1st, 2024



  • Research Talk Attendance and Summary: Honors students are required to attend at least two research talks or colloquia. Following your attendance at the talk, student complete and submit a short form in which they briefly summarize the talk and its data and methods and identify one lesson learned that might inform or improve your Honors thesis project. Please use this link to submit your form: Research Talk Attendance and Summary Form




National Honors Society (AKD)


2018 AKD

 Alpha Kappa Delta is the National Honors Society for undergraduates in Sociology.  AKD seeks to acknowledge and promote excellence in scholarship in the study of Sociology, the research of social problems, and such other social and intellectual activities as well as lead to improvement in the human condition.  To learn more, visit AKD's website or visit their Facebook Page.



-Membership is for a lifetime. There are no annual dues for members after the initial $55 payment unless one decides to remain a Voting member
-A certificate of membership and a membership card are given to all new members to recognize the honor of being a part of Alpha Kappa Delta. This also shows evidence of membership.
-Free one-year subscription to Sociological Inquiry, the official journal of Alpha Kappa Delta.



Please click here to apply!  Please note, the $55 fee is due when the application is approved.

Application due date April 15th.




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