Honors Thesis

An honors thesis, while required for all students in the Cursus Honorum (insert link to 2.1) and Provost Scholars, is an option for all honors students. Writing an honors thesis affords the student an opportunity to explore in detail a topic of interest in his or her major. The honors thesis also helps prepare the student for the rigors and expectations of graduate and professional school.

Formal Requirements

Be the end of the student’s second year of study, it is expected that the student will have stated their intention of completing an honors thesis.

The student should, of course, have a thesis advisor who approves the topic of the thesis and provides close supervision of the work. Furthermore, the student is expected to defend her or his thesis before a committee consisting of the thesis advisor, another scholar of faculty rank in the field of the thesis, and a member of the honors college staff. The committee should be formed before the student starts working. The student should sign up for the honors thesis class, HON 4093, while writing the thesis.

Advisor’s Responsibilities


It is our goal to have most – if not all – defenses during Thesis Week, which is usually during the month of April. If this is not possible, the student should contact the Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research, Dr. Seth Oppenheimer, about other possible dates.

To schedule the thesis defense, the student should contact Ms. Katelyn Wright at kwright@honors.msstate.edu or call (662) 325-5921.

The advisor needs to let the honors college know if the student passed by e-mail before the end of the fourteenth week of class. It is expected that the committee will have a draft of the thesis with sufficient time to read it before the defense. Before the end of classes in the last week of the semester the student must turn in a hard copy of the thesis along with a signed signature page and also a pdf file of the thesis including the signed signature page.

Archived Honors Theses