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 to the Honors Program.

Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, the Honors office cannot process the submission of hard copies of theses.  Students are required to use the new online thesis submission process to provide the Honors office with an approved electronic copy of their thesis.  This submission is a final draft that has been already reviewed by both your thesis supervisor and your Honors advisor, so plan ahead for revisions and any earlier deadlines they may set.

NEW Online thesis submission – please submit early to allow time for approval of your thesis supervisor and Honors advisor by the deadline below based on your graduation date.

For May graduates, approved theses are due on the last day of spring classes.
For August graduates, approved theses are due on August 31st.
For December graduates, approved theses are due on the last day of fall classes.

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.

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.