The Department of Sociology through its Department Honors program provides the opportunity for advanced study under close faculty supervision to those students who have demonstrated outstanding scholarship.
Selection for honors designation is based on academic performance and recommendation by discipline faculty. To be eligible for the program, students must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 overall at UTSA and a minimum grade point average of 3.5 in Sociology at UTSA. Minimum grade point averages must be maintained for students to receive the approval of the Department Honors Committee and the Sociology faculty. Students applying for Department Honors are expected to enroll in the appropriate honors thesis course during their final two semesters. The supervising faculty sponsor and another department faculty member must approve the completed thesis. Students interested in this program should contact their faculty advisors for additional information.
AKD is the recognized International Sociology Honor Society. AKD seeks to acknowledge and promote excellence in scholarship in the study of sociology, the research of social problems, and such other social and intellectual activities as will lead to improvement in the human condition. Students who meet the necessary requirements are eligible for membership into the UTSA Chapter of AKD. Every new initiate receives a certificate of membership, membership card, and a membership activation form. Members who submit completed activation forms receive a free one-year subscription to Sociological Inquiry, the official journal of AKD. AKD sponsors student paper contests for members with cash prizes and travel money to participate in the American Sociological Association Honors Program. Members may purchase honor cords for graduation ceremonies, AKD pins, and other memorabilia. AKD members who become Civil Service employees meet one of the requirements for entrance at the GS-7 level (an increase in pay-grade) if they list AKD membership on their applications (providing they enter at the GS-5 level).