We impose few formal restrictions on the senior honors thesis/creative project. We do, however, require you to make an appointment with the dean or associate dean to discuss your proposed project and to let us know who will be your advisor. You should have your first discussion of your ideas or plans for the project during your junior year.
You must get Honors College approval of your topic and your plans for developing that topic by submitting a signed, formal honors project proposal. Download and print the senior project proposal form, or pick up a copy in the Honors College office (Ball Honors House). After you meet with the dean or associate dean and submit your signed project proposal, the appointment flag on your DAPR (Degree Analysis Progress Report) will be removed, and you will be allowed to register for HONRS 499: Senior Honors Project (3 credits), or - if approved - substitute some other class for HONRS 499.
You will be expected to develop your thesis/creative project along the lines set forth in your conversation with the dean and on the project proposal. If you and your advisor decide that a different topic or plan needs to be adopted, it is your responsibility to inform the dean or associate dean.
Before beginning work, please review some specific guidelines and requirements for completing research papers and creative projects.
When your project is finished, it must be approved and signed by your thesis advisor and submitted to us. Review instructions for submitting your final thesis.
Copies of the full Guide to the Senior Honors Thesis/Creative Project are available in the Ball Honors House. Combined with your appointment with the dean, this paper guide should answer all your questions and greatly assist you in completing your project. Our frequently asked questions area also may be helpful.
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