Honors Program in Ethnic Studies

Composing a senior honors project in Ethnic Studies requires:

1. A 3.5 GPA in concentration courses

2. A 3.0 overall GPA

3. The standard concentration

4. Two additional independent studies, taken in the 7th and 8th semester

5. A completed project, delivered on the due date

6. A recommendation for honors from both readers

In their sixth semester, students who want to graduate with honors should enroll in AMST/ETHN 1800, the Honors Seminar.

They must define their honors project by April 1 or the middle of their sixth semester. This means composing a two-page, single-spaced proposal along with a bibliography of relevant sources, which must be submitted for approval to the faculty. The proposal should identify the problem, or question, and suggest approaches and possible hypotheses or outcomes. It should also name the readers. Students need to work with two professors – a director and a reader. At least one should be Ethnic Studies faculty. If a student wants to work with two professors, neither of whom is Ethnic Studies faculty, then they should have a second reader who will read the final draft or consult on the final project and approve it for honors in the field.

In their seventh and eight semesters, students seeking honors will enroll in an independent study class with their director, which will include a monthly meeting, in which they would write and revise sections of their thesis and follow through on the plan devised in the spring of their junior year. Students should meet with both their director and their reader during this time.

In their eighth semester, the deadline for a finished full draft of their project is April 21. Students should turn in a completed (proofread, formatted, fully written) draft to their readers by that day. Of course, students will turn chapters to the director and reader before that, according to their recommendations, but April 21 is the absolute deadline to turn in a draft that needs only very minor corrections.

All official readers must recommend the project for honors.

When written as formal research papers, honors theses are generally between 50-100 pages. When there is a creative or public component, students should work closely with their faculty team to determine the appropriate length of the written accompaniment.

Students will make a public presentation of their work to the Ethnic Studies faculty during the first week of May.