What is an Honors Thesis
The Honors thesis provides a culmination to an Honors student’s academic career. The Honors thesis should be an outgrowth of the student’s academic work, rooted in their chosen discipline, in most cases in the student’s major or minor. In cases where a student has multiple majors, minors, or interdisciplinary interests that are not captured in a major or minor, the student should work with their Honors academic advisor to identify a topic that is supported by their academic work.
The Honors thesis offers an opportunity - along with the responsibility - for a student to work with a faculty member on a research or creative project that integrates and expands on previous work. The Honors thesis will incorporate relevant, current research/previous work and demonstrate experience with design, execution, analysis, and presentation. An Honors thesis proposal must be submitted and approved by the faculty member advising the project and by the Lewis Honors College (proposals and the finished work needs to be submitted to your Honors academic advisor). Students with specific questions are asked to contact their Honors advisor.
Who approves an Honors Thesis?
The Honors thesis proposal must be approved by the faculty member advising the project, verifying that the length and scope of this project is appropriate for an Honors thesis from their discipline. The Lewis Honors College will approve proposals based on whether the student follows proposal directions in terms of completeness, requirements, and professionalism.
The Honors thesis final products (written and oral) are also approved by the faculty member advising the project. The Lewis Honors College makes the final approval after confirming the approval of the faculty member and that the final formatting of the written product is suitable for submission to UKnowledge. Students are encouraged to submit the Honors thesis product if their faculty member is agreeable.
What requirements do all Honors Theses have in common?
An Honors thesis will consist of a written document and a public presentation and must be associated with a graded, 3 credit course, such as HON 491 (starting Fall 2020, pending senate approval) or a departmental equivalent. Students are asked to reach out to their Honors academic advisor to find out if their major has a departmental equivalent or a suggested path for completing a Honors thesis in that major.
What are the departmental equivalent courses?
Some departments have courses that require a significant individual project, including both a written component and an oral presentation (e.g., BIO 398). With departmental approval, this course may fulfill the Honors thesis requirement. All departments are encouraged to create their own courses to meet this requirement.
Syllabus for HON 491 Honors Thesis (starting Fall 2020 pending Senate approval)