Honors

Graduating with Honors

There are two kinds of honors distinction that students can earn upon graduation.

Distinction in General Scholarship (UC Berkeley)
Students who meet specific criteria can graduate with UC Berkeley honors. Honors for overall achievement at Berkeley are noted on the transcript and diploma as Distinction, High Distinction, and Highest Distinction (roughly equivalent to cum laude, magna cum laude and summa cum laude). See Honors on the L&S Office of Undergraduate Advising website for more details.

Honors in the Major
The second form of honors is awarded by individual departments to students who successfully complete a departmental honors program and maintain a minimum GPA. The minimum GPA requirement in Media Studies is a 3.5 overall and 3.5 in the major.

Students who meet this requirement are eligible to enroll in our Media Studies honors program: Media Studies H194: Honors Preparation offered only in the fall semester and Media Studies H195: Honors Seminar, offered only in the spring semester each year. Students who maintain the required GPA and complete a thesis of “superior distinction,” will be awarded departmental honors at graduation. 


To participate in the Media Studies honors program, you must complete the following two courses, meeting the enrollment requirements for each:

Media Studies H194: Honors Preparation

1. Be able to graduate with 3.5 GPA in the major and overall. This means that at the time of the enrollment in the honors program, you must meet the minimum 3.5 GPA requirements. If you need help calculating your possible future GPA please refer to the GPA calculator on the Media Studies website or see the supervising faculty.
2. Be in your final fall semester at Berkeley.
3. Be concurrently enrolled in or have already completed an approved research methods course.
4. Attend the first honors preparation class meeting to obtain 

Media Studies H195: Honors Seminar

1. Be able to graduate with 3.5 GPA in the major and overall. This means that at the time of the enrollment in the honors program, you must meet the minimum 3.5 GPA requirements. If you need help calculating your possible future GPA please refer to the GPA calculator on the Media Studies website or see the supervising faculty.
2. Be in your final spring semester at Berkeley.
3. Have taken a methods course prior to the enrollment in the honors program.
4. Have completed, or be concurrently enrolled in, all of the core courses.
6. Attend the first honors seminar class with your completed project proposal, preliminary bibliography, and literature review from Media Studies H194.

In order to graduate with honors after completion of the honors project you must maintain the minimum GPA requirement through graduation and complete the honors thesis seminar with an “A.”

THE HONORS THESIS

We encourage students with superior records to participate in the honors program. The thesis should be the culmination of the work that you have done in the Media Studies major and it should be drawn from the base of knowledge that you have acquired in your studies. In addition, it should involve original research and thinking on significant issues in the field of Media Studies. A superior thesis is conceptually well-formulated and organized, thoroughly researched and documented and, of course, very well-written. The minimum length requirement is 45 pages. While this may sound daunting if you have only written 5 to 15-page papers for previous classes, most students have found that length is not a problem when they are writing on a topic that is of vital interest to them.