Honors Thesis

Honors Thesis

During the senior year, students have the opportunity to write an Honors thesis or complete an equivalent Honors project. Honors theses provide an opportunity for students to develop a topic or project and demonstrate the results of research in an appropriate format.

The thesis is one of the culminating achievements of a scholar’s undergraduate career. “Thesis” is a term to be interpreted broadly. Thesis projects may include traditional scholarly writings, but could also include musical compositions, films, substantive creative works of art, and other projects appropriate to the various academic fields within the university.

A thesis requires substantial independent research and study under the direction of a professor in the scholar’s major department. The honors thesis should demonstrate the student’s capacity for quality research and should give evidence of mastery of the material in a field.

The University Library has digitally archived completed Honors theses since 2006.

Honors Theses Digital Archives 

Honors thesis/project study includes a one-semester research or readings (course number 4870) as well as a one-semester writing/ project preparation course (4880).  Students can earn a maximum of 6 hours of credit.  4870 and 4880 each carry 3 hours of credit. Students may receive credit for the research semester (4870) without completing the thesis (4880).
Typically Honors students do thesis/project work in their own majors, but interdisciplinary projects or projects outside the major are possible.  Honors students proposing a thesis/project need to have completed at least three upper division courses in the subject area(s) in which the project will be done.
Granted to students who satisfy the requirements for Advanced Honors and also complete an undergraduate honors thesis project. Note: An upperclass student who is eligible for admission to the Honors College may, upon acceptance, write an honors thesis as described above under "Research Honors." He/she will not be eligible for Research Honors without the accompanying course requirements, but the thesis will still be acknowledged on the transcript and count toward graduation hours, etc.

Start planning your project as early as possible, certainly no later than the semester prior to the research course. The completed proposal is due by the last day of classes of the semester before you wish to begin your project. You’ll need to talk to your thesis advisor before completing your proposal form; feel free to consult an Honors College advisor about topics and advisors.

  • Projects beginning in the Summer 2015 semester: April 27, 2015
  • Projects beginning in the Fall 2015 semester:July 27, 2015
The completed thesis project is due by the last day of classes of the writing semester. A hard copy of your thesis is due to the Honors College (Attention: Jacob English). Scholarworks submissions instructions will be sent after project approval.

  • Projects beginning in the Summer 2015 semester: July 27, 2015
  • Projects beginning in the Fall 2015 semester: December 7, 2015
  • Projects beginning in the Spring 2015 semester: April 27, 2015

Each fall and spring the Honors College offers three information sessions for the Honors Thesis Project. The sessions are used to provide resources to undergraduates who are interested in undergraduate research and more specifically the Honors Thesis Project. All students are welcome to attend. Students currently enrolled in their respective 4870 and 4880 courses are highly encouraged to attend. An early dinner is served at each session.

Official dates will be posted at the beginning of each semester.  For more information, please contact Jacob Alan English.

Dine & Discover Session Topics:

Honors Thesis from A to Z: The first session begins by providing students with information about the undergraduate research opportunities available in the Honors College including the Honors Thesis Project. Activities are integrated into the session to allow students to discover their area of research interest. Students involved in research and students not currently involved in research can benefit from the first session.

Your Thesis: Research and Writing: The second session includes two librarians from the University Library presenting information about virtual and on campus resources to assist with students research and writing. The resources provided will ensure a successful start and completion of the students’ Honors Thesis Project.

Honors Thesis: The Student Experience, Scholarships and Fellowships: The final session will answer the question, "So I've completed a thesis, now what?" This session will include a panel of students who have completed an Honors Thesis Project. The panel provides insight on the project and offers advice for future researchers. This session also features the Honors College Director of Scholarships and Fellowships and information is provided about scholarships and fellowships that students may be eligible for, as it relates to their research topic.

*Please note that students are not required to attend all three sessions. Although, students have found that attending each session provides an overall better understanding of the topic.