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Senior Thesis

The Honors Senior Thesis is the capstone of a student's curricular experience within the Honors Program. Our two semester model has produced excellent results and an extremely high completion rate.

Preparation begins during the Spring semester of a student's junior year by taking HONR 498 (Honors Capstone Seminar) or an *approved equivalent. Students use this time to 1) explore potential thesis topics; 2) identify a thesis advisor; 3) conduct an extensive literature search; and 4) complete an Honors Senior Thesis Proposal form. Research - whether in the library, via internship, or in a laboratory, typically continues through the Summer. Students then register for HONR 499 (Honors Senior Thesis) or an *approved equivalent the Fall of your senior year.

*Students seeking to substitute a seminar or course, (i.e., MUSC 399, CBAD 497) for Honors 498, must meet the following conditions by the last day of examinations of the semester the substitution is made:

  1. Produce 18 (1-2 page) reader summary/responses to peer-reviewed articles on the research theme or topic of their choice;
  2. Complete a 2-page Thesis Proposal Form, signed off by their thesis advisor;
  3. Register to present their research in the Undergraduate Research Competition;
  4. Complete a 5-6 page bibliographic overview of the literature reviewed.

This will also allow the substituting course to be made into an HONORS course.

*Students seeking to substitute a seminar or course, (i.e., MUSC 399, CBAD 497) for Honors 499, must meet the Honors Program senior thesis requirements by the last day of examinations of the semester the substitution is made. See "Honors Thesis Criteria" below:

Honors Thesis Criteria  

Senior Thesis Proposal Grading Rubic  

Honors Thesis Assessment  

Senior Thesis Proposal Form

Honors (499) Thesis Writing Contract