Honors Theses Deadlines

Mark your calendar! The following are benchmark dates for honors thesis completion.


Politics Department Honors Program - 2013/2014

Fall Semester




Contact faculty member

(1st week of classes)

You should be narrowing in on a research question with your prospective advisor about a topic.

Meeting 1: Orientation

(September 9, 5-6pm)

We will meet as a group and discuss the expectations, requirements, standards, and schedule for writing a thesis.

Thesis Agreement

(September 30)

You should submit the thesis agreement signed by you and advisor to Prof. Greenlee.

Meeting 2

(October 3, 11-12:30)

Overview of research methods with Prof. Greenlee.

Outline Signed

(October 14)

You should work with advisor to develop a basic research plan for your project (including sources). Please have your advisor sign a copy of this outline/research plan and submit it to Prof. Greenlee.

Meeting 3

(October 17, 11-12

OR October 21, 2-3)

Library resources with Ralph Szymczak. Vershbow classroom in the library (located on the mezzanine).

Meeting 4

(October 25, 11-12:30, Olin-Sang 207)

Troubleshooting with Profs. Greenlee and Krdyer. Bring your questions and frustrations!

Chapter Draft Submitted

(before Thanksgiving)

You should turn in a draft of a chapter to your advisor.

Develop a winter break agenda

(week after Thanksgiving)

You should speak with your advisor and come up with a game plan for the winter break. What can you get done? What is your game plan for the spring semester?


Spring Semester




Chapters Write-Up


You should be writing steadily at this point. As you complete draft chapters, submit them to your advisor for feedback.

Meeting 5


Wrapping things up! We'll discuss the defense, formatting issues, and logistics related to finishing up your thesis.

Progress Report

(February 10)

Prof. Greenlee will check in with your advisor to find out how you are doing.

Drop Deadline

(March 3)

Last day to drop the thesis.

First Thesis Draft

(April 1)

You should turn in a 1st draft of the entire thesis to your advisor. This is a great opportunity for feedback. At this time, you should also discuss with your advisor who might serve on your defense committee. Once you have a list of names, reach out to these professors.

Feedback on Draft

(April 4)

Your advisor should return your draft with comments and suggestions for improvement. At this time, you should have members for your defense committee lined up.

Final Thesis Draft

(April 25)

Turn in your revised final draft! You'll deliver a copy of your thesis to each member of your committee. Then, celebrate! 

Thesis Defense

(May 5 - May 9)

Your oral defense will be scheduled by the Politics Department for sometime during this week.


(May 18)

You graduate today! Congratulations!