Frequently Asked Questions
What is the honors program?
What happens during the program, and what does a thesis consist of?
What do I need to know in my junior year that might help me to write a thesis in my senior year?
How do I apply to the honors program?
What is a typical timeline for senior thesis progress over the year?
What do I need to know about the oral defense?
How will the work be evaluated and by whom?
Can I receive honors in more than one department, and can I use my thesis to fulfill requirements in other departments or programs?
As you think about whether to apply for the honors program and write a senior thesis, keep in mind that most students do not write theses. The senior thesis program is for the student particularly motivated to work in depth for a year or more on a specific topic. The student must be highly disciplined, organized, motivated, and self-directed. The project is the student's own.