Honors Thesis

Honors Thesis

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
  • Films
  • 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.

Honors Theses Digital Archives 

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.

Philosophy Departmental Guidelines Intent to Conduct an Honors Thesis Certification of the Successful Completion of an Honors Thesis
 Neuroscience Departmental Guidelines   Intent to Conduct an Honors Thesis Certification of the Successful Completion of an Honors Thesis

The honors thesis project includes a one-semester research course (4870) and a one-semester writing/project preparation course (4880). Each course (4870 and 4880) carries 3 hours of credit.

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.

Granted to students who satisfy the requirements for Advanced Honors and also complete an undergraduate honors thesis project. A student CAN complete a thesis project without completing the Advanced Honors requirements, but the Research Honors Distinction will not be awarded. However, the thesis will still be acknowledged on the transcript and count towards graduation hours. Please schedule an appointment with your advisor for further clarification.
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.

  • Fall 2016 Project: July 25, 2016
  • Spring 2017 Project: December 5, 2016
  • Summer 2017 Project: April 24, 2017

Honors Thesis Proposal Form 

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.

  • Fall 2016 Project: December 5, 2016
  • Spring 2017 Project: April 24, 2017
  • Summer 2017 Project: July 24, 2017