Honors in the Major

Honors in the major allows you to work closely with faculty in your area of interest on an original research project or other approved original work.  It consists of a year long independent study with your chosen faculty advisor; it culminates in a senior thesis or equivalent project and a public presentation of your research.  Students sometimes take their projects beyond the university for presentation at conferences or submission to competitions.  Honors in the Major is an important part of the preparation for graduate school and later professional life.

To receive Honors in Religious Studies:

  • You must complete 9 units of upper-division course work or 21 overall units in your major before you can be admitted to Honors in the Major.
  • Your cumulative GPA at Chico State must be a 3.5 or above
  • Your GPA in the religious studies major must be 3.5 or above
  • You must have the approval of the faculty member who will be overseeing your project
  • To complete Honors in the Major, you must take 6 units of independent study (490H). These units are usually spread over two semesters. You must complete them with a minimum grade of B.
  • Students in semester 1 typically survey a broad array of sources connected to their topic and meet regularly with their advisor, handing in a brief but detailed thesis or project proposal and an annotated bibliography at the end of the semester.
  • Students continue to meet regularly with their advisors in semester 2 to discuss readings and to submit installments of their thesis or project; they submit a final thesis or project at the end of the semester.
  • The independent study culminates with a public presentation of the results of your honors project.

While you may begin taking major courses during your freshman year, most students do not apply for Honors in the Major until their junior year. This recognition appears on your permanent transcript and on your diploma.