Candidates for Honors in Philosophy must complete the Major Program and the Senior Honors sequence, Philosophy 498 and 499. In order to be admitted to Philosophy 498, seniors must submit a research prospectus in the first week of the semester. On the basis of this prospectus, the Department will determine whether students possess sufficient philosophical background, abilities, and motivation to succeed in the program and whether any member of the faculty has sufficient expertise in the area of research to give good advice. Admission to Philosophy 499 will be contingent on the ability to write an acceptable honors thesis as demonstrated, in part, by performance in Philosophy 498 and by a research paper on the thesis topic (due in mid-January). The due date for the thesis falls in the third week of April.