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. The thesis is one of the culminating achievements of a scholar’s undergraduate career. “Thesis” is a term to be interpreted broadly. Thesis projects are appropriate for all disciplines. This opportunity is not exclusive to honors students.
Thesis projects may include (but not limited to):
- Empirically-based studies
- Literature Reviews
- Musical Compositions
- Creative Works
- Business Plans
A thesis requires substantial independent research and study under the direction of a professor in the scholar’s major department.
Students who are registered for 4870 (research) or 4880 (writing) may check out a laptop from the Honors College for the duration of their projects. Specific information about device check out will be provided at the time of proposal acceptance.
The University Library has digitally archived completed Honors theses since 2006.
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 philosophy and neuroscience.
Typically Honors students complete a thesis in their own majors, but interdisciplinary projects or projects outside the major are possible. Junior or senior honors students who have completed at least three upper division classes are eligible. Non-honors students that meet the Honors College requirements (i.e., minimum 3.3 GPA and in good standing) are also eligible. Students who do not meet these requirements may submit a petition to waive the requirements to the Honors College Research Program Coordinator. This petition should include a letter of recommendation from the prospective mentor.
- Fall 2016 Project: July 25, 2016
- Spring 2017 Project: December 5, 2016
- Summer 2017 Project: April 24, 2017
- Fall 2016 Project: December 5, 2016
- Spring 2017 Project: April 24, 2017
- Summer 2017 Project: July 24, 2017