An Honors Thesis is a significant research project, and often serves as the culmination of months of sustained investigation into an area of a student’s academic interest. While required for all students in the Cursus Honorum and Presidential/Provost Scholars, an Honors Thesis is an option available to all honors students. The Honors Thesis also helps to prepare students for the rigors and expectations of graduate and professional school.
Theses may take different forms based on a student’s major, areas of interest, and professional aspirations; yet all honors theses must contain polished, scholarly, and original work. An Honors Thesis begins with a project proposal and results in both a written product and public presentation (termed “defense”).
Considering an Honors Thesis?
Hear Dr. Anastasia Elder and Dr. Holli Seitz answer some questions about what an Honors Thesis is and why you should consider doing one.
Wondering how to get started?
Hear Dr. Anastasia Elder and Dr. Holli Seitz explain the process of completing an Honors Thesis and offer tips on getting started.
Review the handbook to learn more about the process and expectations that are required. The handbook also contains helpful information for students at all stages of the thesis writing and defending process.
To gain a better understanding of what make a thesis an Honors Thesis, please see Context and Communication.
If you have any questions, please contact the Associate Dean of Shackouls Honors College and Director of Undergraduate Research, Dr. Anastasia Elder, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 662-325-8503.
Honors Thesis Proposal
The Honors Thesis Proposal is the first step in the Honors Thesis process and must be completed by all students. Once your proposal is accepted, you will be enrolled into a non-credit producing Canvas course which will guide you through the steps necessary to successfully submit an Honors Thesis in a timely manner. Students intending to defend their thesis during the spring semester should submit their thesis proposal by September 15th; those intending to defend their thesis during the fall semester should submit their thesis proposal by February 15th.
- Complete the Honors Thesis Proposal Form.
- Write 2-3 paragraphs describing your research project, being sure to indicate its significance and how you intend to go about the research process. Note: This project summary must be approved by your faculty mentor prior to submission.
- Submit both documents to the Associate Dean of Shackouls Honors College and Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research, Dr. Anastasia Elder, at email@example.com for final approval.
Honors Thesis Defense
The Shackouls Honors College hosts an Honors Thesis Week every fall and spring semester during which students defend their thesis to their committee and a public audience.
For the Spring 2023 semester, Honors Thesis Week will be held from April 20th to May 3rd. Students can schedule their thesis defense using the link below. Please consider attending these thesis defenses and supporting students in their research and creative endeavors!