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 Spring 2016 semester: December 7, 2015
  • Projects beginning in Summer 2016 semester: April 25, 2016
  • Projects beginning in the Fall 2016 semester: July 25, 2016
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 Spring 2016 semester: December 7, 2015
  • Projects beginning in Summer 2016 semester: April 25, 2016
  • Projects beginning in the Fall 2016 semester: July 25, 2016

Each fall and spring the Honors College offers four information sessions to discuss Honors College undergraduate research and creative works opportunities. The sessions are used to provide resources to help students successfully complete independent work in their specific area of study. Students are not required to attend all four sessions. However, we have received feedback that students who attended all four sessions had a overall better experience. An early dinner is served at each session.

For more information, please contact Jacob Alan English.

Dine & Discover Session Topics:

The Power of Undergraduate Research: The Dine and Discover series begins with an introduction to undergraduate research and the important role it plays academically, professionally, and personally. Students will hear from the dean of the Honors College and also the director of national scholarships and fellowships, on the different types of research and where it can take you. Wednesday, September 9, 2015, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Research Opportunities for U(ndergraduates): The second session will review all Honors College Undergraduate Research opportunities. The Associate Dean and an academic advisor will discuss how students can get started on their individualized journey. Activities are integrated into the session to allow students to discover their area of interest. Wednesday, September 16, 2015, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Enhancing your Research and Writing Skills: Session three will allow students to hear from current doctoral students about enhancing their research and writing skills. Members from both the ESC Doctoral Student Association and the American Mathematical Society Graduate Student Chapter will provide students with resources to assist them in their undergraduate research efforts. Wednesday, September 23, 2015, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Undergraduate Research:Expert Commentary: The final session will feature a faculty mentor and her Honors College mentee. Students will receive insight on undergraduate research and advice for future researchers. Wednesday, September 30, 2015, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.