The Honors Thesis is the culmination of the Honors Program and, for many students,
the most significant single academic endeavor of their college career. Students complete
the four-credit-hour thesis project over at least two semesters, usually their last
two semesters before graduation. Students work closely with a thesis committee to
plan and conduct the thesis project. The thesis topic and academic credit can be in
one’s major or another area of study and must include some original research or scholarly
contribution. In addition to allowing students to pursue individual academic interests,
the thesis project is excellent preparation for students planning to pursue graduate
If the student does not meet the deadline for the final draft of the thesis, an automatic
"Incomplete" will be issued for a grade. Theses that are submitted on time will be
graded satisfactory or unsatisfactory. The minimum credit standard will be a grade
The students whose theses are approved will be expected to present the results of
their research at an Honors Colloquium or Scholars Day.
The guide for bibliographic and footnote entries and other matters of form shall be
appropriate to the discipline and be specified by the committee.
The official cover page may be obtained from the Honors Program Director or from the Form Downloads section of this website.
Because of the variety in the nature of the projects, it is impossible to set a minimum page requirement for all theses. It is perfectly within the prerogative, however, for the Thesis Committee to set a minimum page requirement for their projects.