Honors in Sociology
Honors in Sociology
Congratulations to our 2013 sociology honors graduates:
John Brigagliano, Janak Padhiar, Lacey McKinney, J’Taime Lyons (left to right)
See below for information on their honors theses and to learn more about honors in sociology.
2013 Honors Theses
John Brigagliano, “O’Reilly’s Factor: The Relationship Between Political TV and Trust in the 21st Century”
J’Taime Lyons, “Media Framing and the Portrayal of Black Male Underachievement”
Lacey McKinney, “Reexamining the Southern Subculture of Violence: The Relationships between Gun Ownership and Attitudes, Racial Intolerance, Religious Fundamentalism and Social Interaction”
Janak Padhiar, “Inheriting Re-Emerging Legacies Between Invisible Boundaries: An Examination of Social Mobility and Spatial Mobility Patterns among Second Generation Immigrants in Philadelphia and Paris”
Interested in Honors?
The Sociology Honors Program can serve as the culmination of the major in sociology at Wake Forest University. This program is centrally organized around the pursuit of a formal independent research project with a faculty advisor. This honors thesis typically either involves data collection and analysis or analysis of existing data and is developed to answer a fundamentally sociological question. Successful completion of the program will result in graduation “with honors” from Wake Forest University. This identifies you as someone having completed an honors thesis and can signal to future graduate school programs or prospective employers that you are an extra-ordinary person, capable of independent research, critical thinking, and clear writing at a professional level.
Only majors with a WFU GPA of 3.0 or higher, and a GPA in sociology of at least 3.3 may join the program. Anyone interested in pursuing the honors program should contact the director as soon as possible by email. No one can register for the program without the director’s permission. Honors counts as one regular three-credit-hours course in each semester of the senior year. In the fall, SOC 373 is a regular course taught by the director where all members of the program work to hone their projects and general research skills, and in the Spring, SOC 397 is an Honors Independent Study where students complete the project, working with their key faculty advisor.
Each spring semester, all the juniors (rising seniors) who are eligible for the program will be notified and provided with an opportunity to meet and discuss the program with the director prior to enrolling in the program.
Please feel free to contact the director, Catherine Harnois, at any time if you have questions or would like further details.