Honors Program

Honors Thesis or Project 

Students with an excellent record in their Hispanic Studies courses will be eligible to write an Honors Thesis or produce an Honors Project in their senior year. Typically the Honors Thesis is a major research paper of approximately 40 to 80 pages in Spanish, depending on the topic and treatment necessary. Alternatively, a student may, with prior permission of the Hispanic Studies Concentration Advisor, present a film, gallery exhibition, or other appropriate project, together with a paper that clearly demonstrates the academic foundations and relevance of the project, or a creative writing thesis (fiction, poetry, etc).

Students should begin thinking about an Honors Thesis or Project in their third year at Brown, ideally identifying and meeting with a potential advisor (first reader). Those who study in Spain or Latin America in the spring of their junior year may want to write to professors they might want to work with, indicating their potential thesis interests. Ideally, students will begin to research topics and prepare a reading list for the thesis during the summer before their senior year.

Students must submit an application to the honors program to the Concentration Advisor at the end of semester 6 or beginning of semester 7 (at the latest by the third week of classes). The application, available below, consists of a brief description of the thesis, signature of the first reader, and a list of Hispanic Studies courses and grades received. Candidates for Honors in Hispanic Studies should have an excellent academic record and the ability to work independently. A candidate will have received no grade lower than "A" in the concentration program. Exceptions to this policy must be approved by the Department.

The Department expects students to have two readers for their honors thesis or project. Typically, the first reader/advisor for the project will be a faculty member in Hispanic Studies. The second reader will be chosen upon admission to the Honors Program, in consultation with the first reader. Both readers and the student will agree on the amount of consultation required and deadlines for submitting drafts and completing readings.  It is important that all parties have a clear sense of procedures and deadlines.

Students planning to write an Honors Thesis in Hispanic Studies must submit a thesis proposal form (below) including the title and abstract of their project, along with the names and signatures of their advisor and second reader by October 15th.  If the honors proposal is accepted, students will register in HISP 1980 for the spring semester.

Most students require two semesters to plan and complete an Honors Thesis or Project. Students will complete at least an outline and a bibliography for their project during the fall semester. Optimally, a substantial portion of the writing will also be submitted to the advisor before Winter Break. The second semester is devoted to completing the writing or the project work, and a full draft of the thesis or project must be submitted to the advisor by March 15th.

The final, complete version of the thesis or project must be submitted by 5pm on April 15th. Students should submit one copy to each reader and one electronic and one hard copy to the Department.

Honors will be conferred if the thesis director and second reader deem the thesis worthy of distinction.

Honors Application Form   Thesis ProposalForm

Note these Important Dates:

End of Semester 6 or beginning of Semester 7 (at latest the third week of Semester 7): Application for Admission to the Honors Program Due to the Concentration Advisor

October 15th: Honors Thesis Proposal due to Mary Oliver

December 15th: Detailed outline and bibliography due to Advisor

March 15th: Full draft of thesis to Advisor

April 15th: Final, complete version of the thesis due