Here are some frequently-asked questions about the Undergraduate Honors Program in Ethics in Society.
No. We assign a postdoc advisor to each student, but our students are responsible for finding their own faculty advisor (although we can help in that process). We encourage you to make an effort to get to know your professors (go to their office hours) because they are great potential thesis advisors!
Yes, however, you must complete the required courses before the start of your senior year. Ideally, you should complete the courses before you take the seminar course 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 courses (with a B+ or higher).
No. Doing well in the core required 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.
Our program is one of eight interdisciplinary honors program at Stanford (designed for nonmajors) and our students write on a wide range of topics, sometimes completely unrelated to their majors. We also assign each student with a postdoctoral fellow, who serves as a second reader or secondary thesis advisor (in addition to each student having a faculty thesis advisor), so our students have significant support and guidance.