The Honors Program in Nonfiction Writing

The Nonfiction Writing Honors Program is intended for students who have been highly successful in their English concentration work. Specifically, it allows those who have an expressed and proven interest in nonfiction writing to pursue more completely a single project under the supervision of a first reader. The intention is to help students to complete work worthy of publication. The program culminates in the writing of a thesis during the senior year.

Admission 

Students apply to the Nonfiction Writing Honors Program in the second semester of their junior year at the latest. Interested students should already have made contact with at least one member of the Nonfiction Writing faculty and should meet with the Honors Advisor to discuss their proposed project.

Admission to the Honors Program in Nonfiction Writing depends upon a student's demonstrated superior ability in nonfiction writing. Students must have taken either one intermediate (ENGL1050) and one advanced (ENGL1140, 1160, 1180, or 1190) writing course, or two advanced writing courses by the end of their sixth semester and completed each with an S. To be eligible for admission, students must have earned more As than Bs (and no Cs or below) in other courses in the concentration plan.  See procedures and application for more details.

Requirements

Students in the Nonfiction Writing Honors Program take two additional courses beyond the eleven courses required by the Nonfiction Writing Track -- ENGL1993 Honors Seminar in Nonfiction Writing (with the Honors Advisor) and ENGL1994 Senior Honors Thesis in Nonfiction Writing; the Honors track will bring to thirteen the total number of required courses. The ENGL1993 grade option must be S/NC; ENGL1994 must be taken for a grade. Honors candidates should discuss their proposed course of study with the faculty member they choose to direct their thesis.

Honors candidates must continue to receive more As than Bs in courses taken as part of the concentration.  Courses completed with a grade of C will not count toward an Honors concentration. A student who receives a "C" after admission to Nonfiction Honors and wishes to continue in the program must complete an additional course in a comparable subject area, with a grade higher than C.

The Honors Thesis 

The Nonfiction Writing Honors thesis is an extended project, usually of between 50 and 80 pages, written under the supervision of one of the Nonfiction Writing faculty and a second reader (who can be from literature or another department). The specific topic and approach of the thesis are worked out between the student and the first reader, with assistance from the student's second reader. A good way to get an idea of what sorts of projects are possible is to visit the Hay Library, which stores theses from previous years, or to meet with the Honors Advisor. The work typically is in a genre chosen from Nonfiction Writing's spectrum: critical analysis, literary journalism, memoir, lyric essay, or narrative based on travel, science, history, or cultural critique.

Full thesis drafts are due by mid-March; final bound copies of the thesis are due in mid-April. Late theses will not be accepted for honors after the April deadline; students who hand in theses after the deadline and before the end of the term will receive a grade for the thesis course, but they will not be eligible for departmental honors. The completed thesis will be evaluated by its first reader and second reader, each of whom provides written commentary and suggests a grade for ENGL1994.

Half-year graduates will take ENGL1200 in the spring of their final year and ENGL1994 in the fall. (Half-year graduates should consult with the Honors Advisor for information on deadlines.)

Evaluation 

The English Department reviews the academic record as well as the thesis evaluations for each senior completing the Nonfiction Writing Honors Program. Following a successful review, the student will be eligible to graduate with Honors in Nonfiction Writing.

Deadlines for 2014-15 Honors Theses in Nonfiction Writing


Thursday,
Sept. 11, 2014

Secure second reader for thesis and submit signed acknowledgment to Catherine Imbriglio, Honors Advisor for Nonfiction Writing.

Prospectus is due to the Honors Advisor, first reader, and second reader.

Thursday,
Sept. 18, 2014
Revised and signed prospectus due.
Note: Have your first reader and second reader approve and sign the prospectus before you submit it to Catherine Imbriglio, the Honors Advisor.
November 4-11, 2014
Register for ENGL1994 for semester II. 
Catherine Imbriglio will submit registration permission to Banner.
Monday,
Dec. 15, 2014
Minimum of 40 pages of draft material due to ENGL1993 first reader, second reader, and Honors Advisor no later than December 15. 
Each Honors student must turn in a minimum of 40 pages of draft material to the first reader, second reader, and Honors Advisor to receive a grade for ENGL1993.
Monday,
March 2, 2015
ASK concentration plan must be updated to reflect courses you are counting toward the concentration and advisor approved.
Thursday,
March 5, 2015
Full draft of the thesis due to Catherine Imbriglio, Honors Advisor for Nonfiction Writing, first reader, and second reader.
Thursday,
April 9, 2015
Final copy of bound thesis due to Catherine Imbriglio, first reader, and second reader.
Late theses cannot be accepted for honors after the deadline; students who hand in theses after the deadline but before the end of the term will receive a grade for the thesis course, but they will not be eligible for departmental honors.
Thursday,
April 23, 2015
Written reports and grades from first reader and second reader are due to Catherine Imbriglio, Honors Advisor for Nonfiction Writing.