The Honors Program

In addition to the courses required for a rite major, candidates for the honors of distinction and high distinction in German Literature or German Studies must complete German 498 and present a thesis on a topic chosen in consultation with an advisor in the Department. The aim of Honors work in German is

(1) To consolidate general knowledge of the history and development of German language, culture, and history;

The Major

Biology majors at Amherst study introductory Biology, Chemistry, and Physics, and then have a wide choice of upper-level Biology courses to fulfill the major. Many Biology majors choose to do a senior honors research project culminating in a thesis and graduation with departmental honors in Biology.

Amherst graduates who majored in Biology usually go on to graduate or professional school, and have careers in such fields as medicine, research, teaching, or the business world.

Honors Requirements

The Department recommends Latin Honors for seniors who have achieved distinction in their course work and who have completed a thesis of Honors quality. Students who are candidates for Latin Honors will normally take two courses, History 498 and History 499, in addition to the courses required of all majors. With the approval of the thesis advisor, a student may take either History 498 or History 499 as a double course. In special cases, and with the approval of the entire Department, a student may be permitted to devote more than three courses to his or her thesis.

The Asian Languages & Civilizations Major

Class of 2006

 

Aditya Bhave, The Military: A 'Strangelovian' Arm of the State (2006) [Advisor: Christopher Kingston]

David Gottlieb, Grading, Class Selection, and Work in Theory and Practice at Amherst (2006) [Advisor: Geoffrey Woglom]

Honors in Economics

The quick version:

To write a thesis (honors project) in Economics at Amherst, you must:

The American Studies Major

Honors Requirements for Political Science

Honors Requirements

Students who wish to be considered for graduation with Departmental Honors in Political Science must have an A- cumulative average or higher after six semesters.  Prospective applicants should consult with members of the Department during their junior year to define a suitable Honors project and to determine whether a member of the Department competent to act as an advisor will be available to do so.

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