Honors in Philosophy

Admissions Requirements
For current ETSU students:
An overall GPA of 3.2
or a minimum GPA of 3.5 in department/college courses
The student must have declared a philosophy major
The philosophy faculty must agree to admit the student
For entering freshmen:
High school GPA of 3.2 overall on a 4.0 scale
or an ACT composite score of 25
or SAT math and verbal score of 1140
The student must declare a philosophy major upon enrolling at ETSU
ETSU Application: DOC | PDF
Please submit your application to Prof. Leslie MacAvoy in the Philosophy Department.
For more information, contact the Program Coordinator, .

Requirements for Completion of the Program
a.  12 hours of honors-enriched sections of existing courses or honors classes.
Students enrolled in existing courses under the -088 section will be required to complete assignments over and above those required of students in -001 sections. These assignments will be left to the discretion of the instructor; they might include (but are not limited to) an analysis of the current literature on a topic, a final paper, or a class presentation.
Courses for which we offer an -088 section:
3010 History of Ancient Philosophy
3030 History of Modern Philosophy
3050 Symbolic Logic
3061-3 Philosophy Colloquium
3261-3 Religion Colloquium
4017 Ethical Theory
4077 Contemporary Continental Philosophy
4087 Topics in Analytic Philosophy
4047 Philosophy of Religion
4957 Special topics
Two of the honors-in-discipline courses must be chosen from among:
3010 History of Ancient Philosophy
3030 History of Modern Philosophy
4017 Ethical Theory
4077 Contemporary Continental Philosophy
4087 Topics in Analytic Philosophy
As enrollment in the program grows, we hope to be able to offer honors sections of existing courses (such as PHIL 1030 and 2040) and new courses designed for the honors program, as the exigencies of staffing allow.
b.  PHIL 4950-088, a 3-credit senior capstone course
Students will be required to write a senior thesis, starting in the first semester of their senior year. In the Fall, the department will offer 4950 as a capstone course, for which all senior students must register. Be sure to register under the -088 section. A faculty member will be assigned to teach this class, which will serve as a capstone experience and as a means of evaluating learning outcomes. The course will involve a short paper on a topic assigned by the instructor, due early in the semester; this will require students to demonstrate an ability to conduct original research. During the remainder of the semester, students will work on their theses, presenting portions of their work as they progress for the rest of the class and the instructor to critique. At the end of the student's final semester, she will be required to present her thesis publicly.
c.  Three hours of research on the honors thesis, under PHIL 4018
Students will typically register for this the semester after they have completed 4950.
Honors Thesis Guidelines: DOC
Honors Thesis Proposal: DOC

Scholarship Information
Students in the Honors-in-Discipline program in Philosophy may be eligible to receive scholarships. Scholarships are awarded by the Director of Honors-in-Discipline Programs in the Honors College. More information is available at: /honors/hid_scholars/.

Retention Requirements
To remain in good standing in the Honors program, students must complete all required Honors-in-Discipline classes, complete at least 12 hours per semester, and maintain a minimum GPA each semester, both in the major and overall, of 2.75 for their first 30 hours, 3.0 for 30 to 45 hours, 3.15 for 45 to 60 hours, and 3.25 for the remainder of their academic careers at ETSU. Students are allowed one probationary semester to meet the applicable GPA requirement before they are suspended from an Honors program and out-of-state tuition waivers and/or Honors-in-Discipline scholarships are withdrawn. In these circumstances, the Program Coordinator will notify the Associate Director of University Honors Programs immediately.
No grade lower than a B- in an honors course will count toward completion of the program.
Honors-in-Discipline scholarship and out-of-state waiver receipt and retention requirements: In order to minimally qualify for an Honors-in-Discipline scholarship or out-of-state fee waiver, an incoming freshman ETSU student must have an ACT score of 25 or higher and a high school GPA of 3.5 or higher. A student receiving an Honors-in-Discipline scholarship or out-of-state waiver must (a) enroll in at least 15 credit hours per semester, with the exception of the semester in which she is writing her thesis, during which she must enroll in at least 12 credit hours; and (b) maintain a cumulative grade point average consistent with program standards to retain that scholarship. Students who fail to meet program standards are allowed one probationary semester before scholarships are revoked.
In addition, students are bound by policies stipulated by the Honors College: ETSU Honors College Policies

Graduation Requirements
Students must have a minimum 3.25 GPA in the major and overall, complete all required courses (Honors, General Education, Academic Proficiencies), and complete and orally present the senior Honors thesis. In addition, all thesis grades must be B or higher.