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Honors Program

professor onésimo t. almeida
director of the undergraduate honors program


Candidacy for honors in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies assumes a better than average record, particularly in the concentration. Students interested in pursuing honors should make their intention known to the Director of Undergraduate Studies and the Director of the Undergraduate Honors Program early as possible. Candidates for honors are required to complete an honors thesis or other approved project.

In consultation with the other pertinent faculty, a topic will be selected and a thesis advisor and second reader will be chosen. Candidates for honors will normally register for PB193/194 ("Research and Preparation of Honors Projects") in Semesters VII and VIII, but these independent study units may not be used to satisfy the minimum course requirement for the concentration.

No later than the third week of Semester VII, a candidate for honors will submit a proposal for approval by the thesis advisor and second reader. It is expected that the student will meet regularly with his/her advisor(s) throughout the semester. At the end of Semester VII a report on the project should be submitted in writing by the student, signed by the thesis advisor(s) and filed with the concentration advisor.

The project must be completed in time for the readers to evaluate it and for possible corrections to be made before a final copy is submitted. Therefore, for students completing requirements for graduation in Semester I, the project should be submitted by December 1. For students completing requirements for graduation in Semester II, the project should be submitted by April 22. An oral presentation/defense of the project will follow.

A final copy prepared according to a format approved by the Department of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies should be submitted by January 10 for students completing requirements in Semester I and by May 10 for students completing requirements in Semester II.

Honors candidates are encouraged to examine the copies of past honors projects on file at the Department of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies.

Click here to view titles of honors projects since 1986.