Thesis Information

Following the Off-Campus Study Experience, students complete a Senior Thesis or creative project under the supervision of the Honors Advisor/Mentor. The Honors Thesis or project is designed to provide expertise in the student’s discipline and further enrichment of the student’s curriculum.

The Honors Thesis is generally a research paper ranging in length from 35 to 60 pages. The paper should be well written, carefully documented and organized.

A creative project also could meet the requirements of the senior project. The production, performance or creative work should be fashioned according to the requirements of the student’s specific area of study, and must be deemed appropriate by agreement of the Honors Advisor, the Honors Director and the Honors Council.

Examples include:

  • the writing and directing of a play
  • the production of a film
  • the creation of a piece of music or art

The Honors Thesis or project may represent original research or a new finding in the field or may be an original creative work. It may also result in conference presentations and publications in scholarly journals. However, originality in the form of new findings in the field is not required for the completion of a satisfactory thesis, nor is publication or presentation at a conference.

Completion and Approval of the Honors Thesis

To complete the Honors Thesis satisfactorily, the student should:

  • develop drafts of the Honors Thesis in cooperation with the Departmental Honors Advisor.
  • consult with the Honors Director concerning Honors Thesis format.
  • submit the final approved draft to a committee of readers generally consisting of the advisor, a second member of the department, an outside reader, and the Honors Director or an Honors Council member.
  • give a Thesis presentation before the committee or at a conference.
  • submit a final draft of the Honors Thesis for binding.

 

What is the role of the committee of readers?

  1. Committee members read the final draft of the thesis.
  2. They present suggestions by email, or in person, for changes and improvements.
  3. If the student elects to do a Thesis Presentation, they attend the presentation.
  4. They make comments and may request or suggest changes, corrections, and additions.
  5. These changes must be completed and submitted both to the thesis advisor and the honors director for final approval.
  6. The thesis advisor/mentor then assigns the grade, but only once the final draft of the thesis is completed and approved and submitted to the Honors Director.