Applying for Honors

If you are a Literary Arts concentrator who has completed or is currently enrolled in a 1000-level Literary Arts Workshop or an appropriate LITR 1110 or 11150 section, you are eligible to apply for Honors in Literary Arts.

To apply, you should complete an online application in the Fall semester, typically of the academic year in which the thesis will be completed (thesis work is completed in the Spring semester).  Applications are due between Sept. 8 and Sept. 25 at 11:59 pm.

The Honors application will ask a few questions – your name, your class year, your Banner number, etc.  There is also a place to upload a writing sample.  You should upload a writing sample in the genre in which you want to write a thesis.  The sample should be no less than 20 pages of material.  Please note the sample should be a single file, uploaded as a PDF.  (If you want to submit eight really short stories, or 15 poems, please combine them into a single file and send them as one document, even though there are various works under the one umbrella).

Once you have submitted the application, the faculty in your genre who will be available to work with you on your thesis will review it.  This review is done independently – each available faculty member will separately review each application, and will submit decisions to the department.  You may, therefore, be accepted into the Honors program by any faculty member within your genre; and by accepting you, the faculty member is agreeing to serve as your advisor (typically through an independent study conducted in the spring of your senior year, but sometimes through an Advanced or Honors workshop).

Once you are accepted into the Honors program, you should approach your faculty advisor directly to begin making plans.

Please note:

1.  You should not approach faculty members and ask them to serve as your advisor before you complete this application process.  This process is designed to ensure that all applicants are given equal consideration, so that the process is fair to everyone.           

2.  It is possible to apply for Honors in your junior year; if accepted, you will complete your Honors thesis in the spring of your senior year.  Most students are accepted into Honors, however, in the fall of their senior year.

3.  Decisions regarding Honors will be announced in mid-October.  You will be notified via campus mail.