In order to be a candidate for Honors, students must meet three criteria,. Students must (1) have a minimum GPA of 3.6, and (2) engage in a thesis or senior project, which receives a minimum grade of A-. The Field Group members will confer Honors to students who have met these two baseline requirements, and who have (3) displayed (as determined by the members of the Pitzer EA Field Group) an exemplary commitment to Pitzer’s core values of environmental sustainability and social responsibility, as manifest through service, internships, and other relevant experience.
Students who wish to write a senior thesis or complete a senior project must enroll in an additional course. Students writing a senior thesis will normally take 197 PZ EA Senior Thesis Seminar. A senior project is a substantial work, such as an exhibition, website, blog, film/video, performance, curriculum, design project, or other hands-on or creative endeavor. The process and outcome of the project should be digitally documented in an appropriate format (audio, video, pdf, web url, and so forth). Normally students will write a 20-30 page paper that describes the project’s contribution to the field and that anchors it in scholarly literature in order to build a critical framework around the project. Projects are usually undertaken over the course of one semester and are assigned a course number (EA 199 or EA 999). Some can be undertaken as part of EA 197, the senior thesis class. All senior theses and senior projects require two readers with, at least, one reader from the Pitzer Environmental Analysis Field Group. Please consult with your adviser to see what is appropriate for you.