The English Department offers a small number of honorary awards to deserving graduating seniors. Specific requirements may apply; see the Undergraduate Staff Advisor for further details on each award. Certificates for these awards are presented at the English Department commencement reception event, customarily held the morning of the main humanities commencement ceremony each year.
Note that the awards below are honorary and do not carry a monetary stipend; for details on the department's writing contests and prizes, see the Writing Contests and Prizes page.
Students should also be aware that there are a variety of general honors offered to UCSB graduating seniors based on GPA, completion of college honors programs, and other factors. See the Registrar's Honors at Graduation website for more details.
Outstanding Achievement as an English Major
A small number of graduating seniors are selected each year for excellence in scholarship and service to the Department. The award for Outstanding Achievement as an English Major is given based on faculty nomination. Nominations typically take place during the spring for graduating students.
Distinction in the Major
Given only to students who have successfully completed the English Department Honors Program.
Completion of a Specialization
Students who graduate completing an English Major Specialization receive a certificate from the Department recognizing this achievement.