Honors Thesis

Honors Thesis

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?

  1. Read the thesis guidelines to familiarize yourself with the thesis requirements and deadlines. The thesis guidelines are below
  2. Find a mentor. You will need a mentor to participate in research, present at the undergraduate research conference (i.e., GSURC) and to conduct an honors thesis. Assistance for finding a mentor can be found at the Honors Undergraduate Research Page.

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 apply only to students conducting a thesis in the following departments:

Anthropology Departmental Guidelines Intent to Conduct an Honors Thesis Certification of the Successful Completion of an Honors Thesis
Biology Departmental Guidelines Intent to Conduct an Honors Thesis Certification of the Successful Completion of an Honors Thesis
English Departmental Guidelines Intent to Conduct an Honors Thesis  Certification of the Successful Completion of an Honors Thesis
Global Studies 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
Philosophy Departmental Guidelines Intent to Conduct an Honors Thesis Certification of the Successful Completion of an Honors Thesis
Psychology Departmental Guidelines  Intent to Conduct an Honors Thesis Certification of the Successful Completion of an Honors Thesis

 

If you are conducting a thesis in a department other than the ones listed above please review the General Thesis Guidelines and submit a Thesis Proposal Form.

The University Library has digitally archived completed Honors theses since 2006. Once you have submitted your thesis, you will be invited to digitally archive and share your thesis online. Approval from your faculty mentor will be required.

Honors Theses Digital Archives 

Anthropology, Biology, English, Neuroscience, Philosophy, and Psychology:
The Intent to Conduct a Thesis Form is due* --

  • Summer Registration: April 1
  • Fall Registration: August 1
  • Spring Registration: December 1

*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*:

  • Summer Registration: April 1
  • Fall Registration: August 1
  • Spring Registration: December 1

*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.

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.