Senior Honors Theses
Students who wish to improve their standing in their classes in the College of Arts and Sciences may do so by initiating, and completing, a Senior Honors Thesis. Coordinated by the University Honors Program, on this page we provide helpful information with which you become familiar as you embark on this rewarding endeavor.
If you are thinking about undertaking a Senior Honors Thesis in the College of Arts & Sciences, or if you hope to graduate from the College summa cum laude ("with highest honors"), you should pay careful attention to the information provided on this page to learn more about minimum qualifications for proposing a Senior Honors Thesis.
Although successful completion of a Senior Honors Thesis is required of anyone who wishes to graduate summa cum laude ("with highest honors") from the College of Arts & Sciences, there are multiple benefits that one could realize from pursuing an independent undergraduate research project.
If you have already determined that you meet the minimum qualifications to submit a Senior Honors Thesis proposal, the information provided on this page will help you to develop a plan of action to initiate the process and meet the necessary expectations and deadlines.
If you have determined that you meet the minimum qualifications to submit a Senior Honors Thesis proposal, this page provides you with the current departmental honors contacts who can help explain departmental expectations, processes, and guide you toward an appropriate supervising faculty mentor for your project.
The Senior Honors Thesis Committee is composed of nine faculty members representing the three major divisions of the College of Arts & Sciences: Humanities, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences. The members of this faculty committee oversee the Senior Honors Thesis process for the College, review Senior Honors Thesis proposals, and represent the Senior Honors Thesis Committee on each thesis writer's oral defense committee.