Honors

Honors

The Honors Program is available for students interested in conducting a substantial individualized independent research project in their senior year.  To receive an Honors degree, the candidate's course record and thesis must be of outstanding quality.   Students should apply for Honors in the middle of the second semester of junior year, declaring a thesis topic and adviser.

To qualify initially for Honors, a student’s record must be above
average.  In addition, the candidate must work closely, one-on-one
with at least one faculty advisor and shall be examined on the final
thesis by a second reader who is selected by the end of the first
month of the senior year.

Honors concentrators shall take twelve courses, that is, 2 beyond the 10 required of regular concentrators.  In the first semester of senior year, Honors students take either a second research skills course or an independent reading and research course with their advisors in which they conduct research toward their theses. In the second semester of senior year, Honors students take the Honors Thesis Workshop, in which they complete and present their thesis writing.