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FAQ

Here are some frequently-asked questions about the Undergraduate Honors Program in Ethics in Society.

 

I have more specific questions, who can I talk to?

Email the Program Coordinator, Pam Goodman.

 

Will the Program provide a faculty thesis advisor for each student?

The Faculty Director will help students choose an appropriate advisor from the Center's affiliated Honors Program Advisors. Second readers or co-advisors from disciplines throughout the university relevant to the student's topic are also encouraged. In addition, students often work closely with one of the Center's Postdoctoral Fellows who serve as second readers for the thesis. 

 

Can I apply to the Program before completing the required core courses?

Yes, however, you must complete the required core courses before the start of your senior year. Ideally, you should complete the courses before you take ETHICSOC 190 in the winter quarter of your junior year. You may apply to the Program as a freshman or sophomore and be accepted on a provisional basis until you complete the required core courses (with a B+ or higher).

 

Do I have to be a Philosophy major or take a lot of Philosophy courses to write a good thesis in the Program?

No. Doing well in the required core courses (Justice and Introduction to Moral Philosophy or Ethical Theory) is sufficient for our students to complete a well-written thesis in Ethics in Society.

 

I’m interested in a thesis listed in the "Past Theses” page, do you have a copy that I can access?

Yes. Email the Program Coordinator with your request (author, title, and year). You may look at hard copies of past theses at the Center for Ethics in Society offices.

 

What distinguishes the Program in Ethics in Society from other honors programs?

Our program is one of eight interdisciplinary honors programs at Stanford (designed for nonmajors) and our students write on a wide range of topics, sometimes completely unrelated to their majors. In addition to Honors Program Advisors, students often work closely with one of the Center's Postdoctoral Fellows who serve as second readers so that our students have significant support and guidance.