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Rough Timeline for Completing an Honors Thesis
By the End of Your Junior Year
- Take a politics seminar that requires a research paper; write on a topic that you may want to pursue as a thesis. Find a topic that's really interesting to you!
- Take a course with a faculty member who you would like to serve as your advisor.
- Begin thinking about (and writing down) possible thesis topics. Generate some ideas!
- Speak to Politics faculty members about writing a thesis. Go to office hours! Share your ideas!
- Consider taking Politics 100b: Introduction to Research Methods.
- Draft a short prospectus for your thesis idea/s. This need not be perfect, just get something down on paper.
- Contact the faculty member you would like to work with, and set up a meeting.
- If possible, begin doing data collection (there is some research funding available to do this; speak to your advisor or the Honors Director for more information).
- Meet with your prospective advisor during the first week of classes.
- Attend the Honors Orientation Meeting.
- Sign up for Politics 99a or 99d.
- Attend the Honors Program seminars in the Fall semester.
- Submit a draft of one chapter due before Thanksgiving.
- Continue to submit written work to your advisor throughout January to March.
- Submit a full draft of thesis in mid-March and get feedback from your advisor.
- Submit your final draft of thesis in early April.
- Thesis defense in mid April.
- File completed thesis by the end of April.
- Graduate with honors and with a wonderful feeling of accomplishment.