Thesis Overview

Your Honors thesis represents the culmination of your Honors academic career. When you are finished, you will have produced something that is a unique contribution to your field. While you will work with multiple people who will support your efforts, your thesis is your own. For many students, the thesis is the first time they have attempted a project of this scale, so it should be viewed as a learning experience—no one starts out knowing how to do a thesis!

Depending on your major and your academic and professional plans, your thesis may consist of a traditional research project, piece of scholarship, or a creative product. The exact requirements (such as format or page length) are set by departments and Honors advisors, but your thesis must include some written document that will be submitted in hard copy to the Honors Program.

IMPORTANT: Honors Theses Deadlines

For December 2017 graduates, theses are due on December 8, 2017
For May 2018 graduates, theses are due on April 27, 2018
For August 2018 graduates, theses are due on August 31, 2018
For December 2018 graduates, theses are due on December 7, 2018

Other requirements

Graduation as an Honors Scholar requires at least 3 Honors credits toward your thesis. These credits may be through independent study or some other course in your major; you and your Honors advisor will designate your thesis credits on your Honors Scholar Preliminary and Final Plans of Study. Some departments require more than 3 thesis credits, typically in the form of a two-semester sequence.

You will designate a thesis supervisor to mentor you through your project. This information, along with your thesis title and abstract, will be included in your Honors Thesis Plan by your final semester, but you should establish this relationship much further in advance.

The hard copy of your thesis, along with a signed Thesis Approval form, must be submitted to the Honors Program no later than the last day of classes of the semester in which you will graduate. This is a final draft that has been approved by both your thesis supervisor and your Honors advisor, so plan ahead for revisions and any earlier deadlines they may set.

Events and thesis support

The Honors Program sponsors thesis-related workshops and writing retreats in the fall and spring semesters. See the online event calendar and watch your email for upcoming events.

If you have questions about the thesis process, talk with your Honors advisor—they will have the most accurate information for your major. You can also contact Dr. Jaclyn Chancey, Assistant Director for Curriculum, Assessment, and Planning, or Kaitlin Heenehan, STEM Scholar Advisor.