What is an honors thesis?
A thesis requires substantial independent research and study under the direction of a professor in the scholar’s major department. The honors thesis project provides an opportunity for students to develop a topic or project and demonstrate the results of scholarship and research in an appropriate format. Thesis projects are appropriate for all disciplines and may include empirically-based studies, literature reviews, musical compositions, films, creative works, and business plans.
How do I get started?
Read the thesis guidelines below to familiarize yourself with the thesis requirements and deadlines. Thesis guidelines can be found below.
The Honors College is moving to a system in which the Honors College provides general parameters for the thesis and departments provide specific guidelines that are appropriate to their discipline. If your department does not have specific guidelines at this time, then please follow the general Honors College guidelines. The following links currently only apply to students conducting a thesis in biology, neuroscience, philosophy and psychology.
The University Library has digitally archived completed Honors theses since 2006.
Biology, Neuroscience, Philosophy, and Psychology:
The Intent to Conduct a Thesis Form is due April 1 for summer registration, August 1 for fall registration, and December 1 for spring registration. If these deadlines fall on a Saturday or Sunday, then the deadline is the following Monday. If you are in a department that does not require that you register for 4870, then the form is due as soon as you initiate the thesis project.
The Certification of Completion of the Thesis Form is due the last day of classes in the semester you wish to complete your thesis/project.
All other departments
The completed proposal (including the signed Approval Form) must be submitted to the Honors College front desk by April 1for summer registration, August 1 for fall registration, and December 1 for spring registration. If these deadlines fall on a Saturday or Sunday, then the deadline is the following Monday.
The thesis/project, approved by the faculty director, is to be delivered to the Honors College front desk no later than the last day of classes in the semester you wish to complete your thesis/project.