The English Honors Program allows students to work on a sustained undergraduate research project or creative thesis over the course of a year. While receiving honors is highly beneficial when applying for graduate programs, the Honors Program also allows the student time to create a polished work.
Students work independently with a faculty adviser and generate the pace and tone of their project with minor guidance from the faculty. Such independence is a valuable skill, and one that students learn quickly while writing their thesis.
The senior thesis may be either a substantial piece of creative writing or an in-depth, original, analytical argument of approximately 40 pages, using primary and secondary research. The 6-hour thesis program (ENGL 4398 and 4399) may be chosen by any student with the consent of an appropriate instructor, and it is required of all students wishing to graduate with departmental Honors.
A student wishing to graduate with Honors in English must do all of the following:
After evaluating the quality of the senior thesis, the Honors committee will decide whether or not to confer departmental Honors.
For more information on the Honors Program, visit the English office.