We believe strongly in recognizing high achievement and honors-level work. Learn more about how we recognize the scholarly accomplishments of our students.
Normally, the department presents the following annual awards:
- Honors and High Honors
Majors with an overall GPA of 3.3 and a departmental GPA of 3.3 are eligible for graduation with honors. A departmental GPA of 3.5 is required for high honors. Students must complete a research methods course prior to undertaking honors research. In the senior year, each candidate submits an honors paper that must be defended orally before a department honors committee. Additional information for honors candidates is available in the department office.
- The Award For Excellence in Childhood Education
- The Award for Excellence in Adolescent Education
- The Charles H. Thurber Award
Named after the first professor of pedagogy at Colgate (1893), and awarded by the Education Department to an outstanding senior major.
The honors or high honors thesis in Educational Studies should demonstrate the candidate's ability to work independently and creatively, and to synthesize theoretical, methodological, and substantive materials. The thesis should be an integrative paper which brings together a variety of perspectives on a topic. It should show a grasp of the subject matter and include a thorough review of the literature. The paper should be well written, at least 40 typed pages in length, free of grammatical or spelling errors, and ready for binding. The honors thesis must be defended orally by the candidate before a departmental honors committee after the thesis if complete.