Honors in The Major

The Honors-in-the-Major Program in LLCL is available for the following major concentrations:


Majors who meet the following criteria will be eligible to pursue honors:

  1. Student has already completed at least 9 upper-division credits in the major, including FOL 3880, but fewer than 100 credits toward the degree
  2. Student has earned a minimum overall GPA of 3.2
  3. Student has earned a minimum overall GPA of 3.5 in the major

To be considered for admission to the Honors-in-the-Major Program in LLCL, students meeting all of the above criteria may submit: a) a one-page abstract (250 words) outlining the proposed thesis topic; b) an annotated bibliography of the five most relevant sources related to the topic; c) a one-page statement detailing why the student seeks honors in the major; d) the revised final paper of FOL 3880; e) a letter of support from at least one member of the department faculty with a terminal degree who will serve as a mentor; and f) a completed application form.

These documents must be submitted to the Department Chair, preferably no later than three semesters before the student expects to graduate.



  1. A committee will review the application and make a recommendation to admit and determine a plan of study.
  2. The student will receive confirmation in writing from the Department Chair.



  1. Student must maintain an overall 3.2 GPA and a 3.5 GPA in the major.
  2. Student must complete all field distribution requirements of the respective major.
  3. Student must abide by the Code of Academic Integrity.
  4. Student may be placed on probation in the Honors in the major program for one semester if overall GPA and/or major GPA is not maintained; if required minimum GPA and/or major GPA is not reestablished after the probationary semester, the student will be dismissed from the program.



Honors level enrichment is achieved through successful completion of any two of the following:

  1. Completion of an upper-division course enhanced by Academic Service-Learning linked to a community organization dealing, whenever possible, with the student’s research interest
  2. Participation on a study abroad program—in which the student is enrolled full-time and for the full duration of the academic term—with a follow-up public presentation of their experience also required
  3. Service  to the faculty leader of our Global Connections Living Learning Community for 3 common-hour activities
  4. Service as an active officer in one of the Honor Societies
  5. Service as a tutor in the SI program (in one of the disciplines represented in our department)
  6. Participation in Florida Atlantic University’s Undergraduate Research Journal (e.g., service on board; paper submission)



In addition to honors level enrichment activities, successful completion of the following capstone elements is also required:

  1. Complete with a grade of B+ or higher an advanced seminar in the area of research interest of the student. This course will fulfill one of the three electives required of the major.
  2. Complete an honors thesis, supervised by the mentor and reviewed by a second reader (3 credits above the major’s requirements).
  3. Submit research findings to the Undergraduate Research Symposium.


An example of Honors in Linguistics work by Catrin Seepo and Paul Barile: