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Honors

We strongly encourage students to write an honors thesis. This is very valuable for students interested in graduate school or careers requiring independent research skills, as well as for students interested in tying together their academic experience with an in-depth investigation of one topic.

An honors thesis is more than a good course paper. It must represent a substantial effort in research and exposition. The department does not specify page lengths, methods, or topics. Instead an honors thesis candidate should establish his or her goals – and a timeline to meet those goals – in an understanding with the thesis advisor. To see the range of topics and methods prior students have pursued, take a look at examples of past honor theses here or by visiting the academic office in person.

Students interested in graduating with honors must fill out the honors thesis form and return it to Angelica Vargas by the end of junior year. Students must satisfy the following requirements to graduate with honors, as specified on the form:

For students interested in finding out more, please attend the information session on honors theses that will be given by Asst. Prof. Sriniketh Nagavarapu at the beginning of every spring semester. For students interested in undertaking research, but not wanting to pursue honors, the department offers senior capstone options, as described here.