To be eligible for departmental honors, a student must meet the requisite grade-point average (3.00 GPA minimum in all work at Skidmore and a 3.50 GPA minimum in all SDM core courses) and complete a final project that receives honors.
Students seeking departmental honors at graduation must submit their final project to the SDM Program Director for evaluation. There are two conditions for giving a final project honors:
- the final project must receive a grade of "A" or better and the two readers must both recommend the project for honors.; and
- the Self-Determined Majors Program, based on the advisors' assessments and its members' judgments, deems it worthy of honors.
In instances when the director and the Advisory Board are not sufficiently knowledgeable about the subject of a final project to assess it, a faculty member knowledgeable in the subject will advise them.
Students seeking Honors in SDM must present their final projects in a public forum in the spring of their senior year.
Detailed procedures for establishing a self-determined major may be obtained from the director of the SDM Program and/or on the SDM Web site.