Procedures for Admission to the Honors Program in Nonfiction Writing for 2021-22

Applications to the Honors Program in Nonfiction Writing must be submitted no later than the second semester of a student's junior year. 

The application submission deadline is Wednesday, March 31, 2021.

** The application deadline has been EXTENDED to Monday, April 5, 2021. **

Eligibility: To be eligible for the Honors Program, applicants must have received 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.

The application procedure consists of the following steps.

  1. If you have not yet declared your concentration in English, please see any one of the undergraduate concentration advisors for guidance in completing the concentration form.

  2. Prospective honors applicants should see Kate Schapira, Honors Advisor in Nonfiction Writing, prior to completing the Honors Program application.  Electronically submit your application to the department as early as possible (but no later than March 31) in the spring semester of your junior year.


    The electronic application is available here (authentication required).

    a) Provide a sample (15-20 pages) of your writing from a Nonfiction Writing course, preferably 1000-level, and appropriate to your proposed project.

    b) Submit a proposal of your project, SIGNED by the faculty member who has agreed to serve as your first reader.  The proposal should include the rationale of the project, your background in relation to it, and a bibliography.

    c) Your grades will be reviewed as part of the application process.

    d) Update your ASK concentration plan so that it accurately reflects the courses you are using toward the concentration. You will need to certify on the application that this has been completed.

  3. Request TWO (2) letters to be submitted by the application deadline to Kate Schapira, Honors Advisor for the Nonfiction Writing Program:

    (a) A letter of support from the English faculty member who has agreed to serve as your first reader, AND

    (b) A letter of recommendation from a faculty member in the Nonfiction Writing Program from whom you have taken a 1000-level course OR from a faculty member who knows your work well.

Applications must be submitted by Wednesday, March 31, 2021. Students who are studying off campus are expected to meet the application submission deadline. Students planning to be abroad during the spring semester of the junior year should consider submitting all application materials before leaving campus in December.

Applications will be evaluated and candidates will be informed of the decision before the start of registration for fall courses. Students whose applications have been accepted should register for ENGL1993, Senior Honors Seminar in Nonfiction Writing, for the fall semester 2021.