Honors Designations

After you have completed the oral defense, the committee will decide whether, taken together, the defense and the thesis merit one of the three degrees of honors awarded in American studies. An affirmative decision for honors means that the committee unanimously agrees that, as a work of scholarship and interpretation, the thesis meets the university's and the department's criteria for academic excellence. If the committee decides in the affirmative, it will recommend to the department that the thesis be awarded one of the following ascending designations:

Honors
The student has successfully completed and defended an honors thesis with distinction, in writing and person.

High Honors
The student has successfully completed and defended an honors thesis with unusual distinction, in writing and in person.

Highest Honors
The student has successfully completed and defended an honors thesis with the highest distinction, in writing and in person. Only the most original scholarship and eloquent presentation warrant this evaluation.