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.