student seated, wearing commencement regaliaOur departmental honors program is designed to recognize students who exhibit an outstanding level of academic achievement in their Criminal Justice and Criminology studies.

Eligibility and Requirements

Students interested in receiving departmental honors in Criminal Justice and Criminology can apply to the program during their sophomore year.

The requirements are:

  • Attend an initial meeting with the CJC honors representative.
  • Complete the application (PDF).
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.5 in CJC programs.
  • Have a minimum overall GPA of 3.25.
  • Complete one credit in CJC 390 Honors Colloquium in Criminal Justice and Criminology during fall semester of your junior year.
  • Enroll in HONRS 499 Honors Thesis during the fall semester of your senior year (bearing in mind that there may be a need for an Incomplete from the fall semester to complete the project in the spring term).

Arrange for a full-time faculty mentor to oversee your honors thesis.

A thesis completed for University Honors may be used to meet the departmental honors thesis requirement; however, that thesis must meet the requirements for receiving departmental honors.

Submit one copy of your honors thesis signed by the faculty mentor to the CJC Honors Representative.