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Honors Program

The Department of American Culture Honors Program provides an opportunity for concentrators in American Culture and Latina/o Studies to complete a comprehensive, original independent project under the guidance of a faculty member as the culmination of their undergraduate studies. Applicants must have declared a major in American Culture or Latina/o Studies. They do not need to have been participants in the LSA Honors Program and do not need to be planning academic careers in American Studies or Latina/o Studies.

Eligibility and Application

American Culture and Latina/o Studies majors with an overall grade‐point average of 3.5 or higher may apply to participate in the Junior Honors Writing Workshop (AMCULT 398).  Upon successful completion of that workshop, students may apply to become Honors majors.  The process and timeline is outlined below.  In some exceptional cases, late applications to the program may be considered.  


  1. In the first semester of the junior year, students must meet with the AC undergraduate Advisor to indicate their interest in an Honors major and gain permission to enroll in AMCULT 398, the Junior Honors Writing Workshop (3 credits).  The DEADLINE for these requests is the third Friday in October.
  2. In the second semester of the junior year, students must successfully complete AMCULT 398, which involves preparing a thesis prospectus and bibliography and identifying a supervising faculty advisor and a second reader.
  3. At the end of the second semester of the junior year, students will submit an application to be accepted into the Honors Concentration.  This consists of a cover sheet, a transcript, a prospectus, and a letter of agreement from a faculty advisor.  It should be submitted to the Undergraduate Assistant.  
  4. As part of their applications, students will also schedule advising meetings with the Associate Chair.  

Successful application depends on the intellectual merits, clarity, and feasibility of the prospectus, and will result in acceptance into the Honors concentration. THE DEADLINE for applications (and requests for meetings with the Associate Chair) is April 1. Decisions will be made and students notified by April 25.

Receiving a degree

Students who have successfully completed the Honors Major must complete an Honors Major Release with the AC academic advisor, must submit an Honors Thesis Card through the LSA Honors Program, and must apply for graduation online. They complete their final graduation audits at the LSA Honors Advising office rather than the Newnan Advising Center.




Schedule an appointment with the undergraduate advisor.  Please note: American Culture does not typically offer advising over the summer months. If you need an appointment during this time, please e-mail