Honors Thesis

Following their Off-campus 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 could also 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 in agreement of the Honors Advisor and the Honors Director.

Creative project 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.

Work for the Honors Thesis is completed in HON 496 (4 credits) Honors Thesis II, Independent study course.