Honors Program

Honors Thesis or Project 

Honors Thesis or Project:

Students with an excellent record in their Hispanic Studies courses will be eligible to write an Honors Thesis or write and produce an Honors Project. 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.


Students should begin thinking about an Honors Thesis or Project in their third year at Brown. 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.


The Department expects students to have two readers for their honors thesis or project. Typically, the first reader and advisor for the project will be a faculty member in Hispanic Studies. Both readers and the students 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 apply to the Honors Program at the end of semester 6 or beginning of semester 7. The application is available here.  Students then submit an honors proposal consisting of the title, abstract, and bibliography of their project, along with the names and signatures of their advisor and second reader by mid-October, using this form. If the honors proposal is accepted, students will register in HISP 1980, Independent Study, 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 mid-March.


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

Honors thesis timetable:

Mid-October: Honors Thesis Proposal due

Mid-December: Detailed outline and bibliography due

Mid-March: Full draft of thesis to Advisor

Mid-April: Final, complete version of the thesis due


Concentration Advisor

Contact Professor Silvia Sobral (silvia_sobral@brown.edu)