Undergraduate Study

Honors in the Department

A Religious Studies concentration with Honors requires, in addition to RS 1000 and eight other courses, an Honors thesis (Religious Studies 1999, during both semesters of the senior year).    A thesis is an opportunity for students to conduct extended independent research under the guidance of faculty.  To be eligible to write a thesis, a student must have earned a grade point average of greater than 3.5 (A=4, B=3, C=2) on courses that count toward the concentration. Additionally, to be eligible for honors, concentrators can elect to take no more than two of the concentration courses with the "S/NC" option, after declaring an RS concentration. (If a student is philosophically committed to taking the majority of her or his courses as Brown as “S/NC,” that student may petition the Department to waive the “S/NC” limit.) Writing the thesis is a necessary, but not sufficient, condition for receiving Honors. The thesis must earn an A from its readers for the student to receive Honors, and the student must have earned a grade point average of greater than 3.5 in the concentration (as well as satisfy all the other concentration requirements).