Frequently Asked Questions

A senior thesis requires a considerable time investment, discipline and focus and thus, is only undertaken by a few students each year. In thinking about whether to undertake an honors thesis, a student should keep in mind that this is a self-directed study and requires motivation and discipline on an original topic. A student might prefer to enroll in an independent study with a faculty member that requires a less intense level of research, such as COSI 210a.

Date To Do
Fall Registration

Meet with advisor to discuss the proposed topic, timeline and logistics of their thesis.

Submit the thesis proposal to the UAH for approval.

Before Add/Drop Date Enroll in COSI 99D (if the thesis proposal is approved by the UAH).
First week in December Complete most of the IRB-approved research and an outline along with a detailed thesis overview or rough draft to be presented to the thesis advisor and UAH sufficient enough to allow the advisor to judge whether the student is making satisfactory progress and therefore allowed to continue in program for the next semester.
Spring Semester Establish a clear schedule for submitting thesis chapters with their advisor.
Before Add/Drop Date Enroll in COSI 99D
By mid-March Confirm with the advisor, any additional examining committee members for the defense as well as defense details and requirements.
By mid-March Submit entire draft of thesis to advisor
April Submit a final revised thesis to the entire committee and schedule the defense date with the advisor usually during finals or the last week of classes.
Last week of class/Finals Week

Present Oral defense (before Commencement) and  then deposit thesis with IGS and University Archives (per their deadlines).