In order to graduate with University Honors, a student must maintain a 3.5 cumulative GPA, complete the equivalent of at least two honors seminars, and complete and successfully defend an Honors Thesis in the department of their major area of study.
Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher may apply to their major department for permission to undertake an Honors thesis/project. Once the student’s proposal has been reviewed and permission for the project granted, the student may register for credit towards graduation.
The requirements for the thesis/project are as follows:
- The subject and methodology of the project must come from the major field, but each student identifies and develops his or her own topic.
- Each project must be a unified, scholarly project—a thoroughly researched and documented thesis in the humanities, arts, history, social and natural sciences, or performance or portfolio projects in the performing and creative arts.
- The students will be required to explain and defend the project to a faculty committee comprised of at least three members, one of whom must be from outside the student’s major department.
- Each project is the product of the independent work of the student but is supervised by a faculty member in the major discipline and reviewed by a faculty committee.
Detailed thesis/project registration guidelines can be found here.
An archive of recently completed senior theses/projects can be found on the library website.