Latin Honors Thesis or Project

(catalogs prior to 2006)

For both the magna and summa level of honors, students must successfully complete an honors thesis or project under the supervision of a regular faculty member. Each student is responsible for securing a supervisor for his or her thesis or project. This faculty supervisor will then help to select the second reader.

In order to register for honors credit, the student must complete an Application and Registration for Senior Honors Thesis or Project, which is signed by the faculty sponsor and turned in to the office of the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies in Arts & Humanities when the student registers. Students will normally register for three hours of credit under the honors course number in their majors: AP 4399, AHST 4399, ARTS 4399, COMM 4399, CRWT 4399, DANC 4399, DRAM 4399, FILM 4399, HIST 4399, LIT 4399, MUSI 4399, or PHIL 4399. Once the faculty supervisor has signed the application, the student will receive the appropriate CRN and section number and may register for the honors course.

To earn university honors, both the supervising professor and the second reader must evaluate the thesis or project as deserving of magna or summa. If the readers determine that the thesis or project is below the quality necessary for honors but merits a passing grade, the student will receive that grade and earn three hours of credit.

Thesis Option

A thesis is usually understood to be a substantial research or critical paper on a specific topic. While the particular topic, approach, scope, and length are worked out between the student and the supervising professor, the thesis should demonstrate that the student has mastered the concepts and materials in his or her field and has come to independent interpretations and conclusions.

Project Option

A project is usually understood to comprise elements in addition to a written paper. A project may focus on the visual arts, music, creative writing, or theater, for example, and result in a piece or pieces of creative work accompanied by a critical analysis of the project.

Final evaluation of the student's honors thesis or project by the faculty supervisor and second reader is due in the office of the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies in A&H by the last day of the final examination period for the semester.