The Honors Thesis centers around an investigation of original thinking and offers you an opportunity to work closely with faculty members on advanced research topics or creative endeavors. The Honors Thesis is a substantial study of a carefully defined question or problem that’s important to you. This problem may be critical, experimental, applied, or creative in nature.
Every Honors Thesis will take the form of a written document that demonstrates critical thinking, a mastery of disciplinary material, and the communication of complex ideas. For the portfolio, your document will be accompanied by an artifact such as a musical score, film, computer program, or invention that embodies the work done for the thesis. The completion of an Honors Thesis concludes with an oral defense or public presentation.
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Why do an Honors Thesis?
The Honors Thesis is a comprehensive effort of original scholarship and is the culminating experience of your Commonwealth Honors College academic journey. You will find that it is one of the most challenging and rewarding goals you will accomplish in your college career. It is an opportunity to integrate your academic interests and skills as part of a deep investigation of an idea of your choice.
Integrate Everything You’ve Learned
You will find that it is one of the most challenging and rewarding goals you will accomplish in your college career. It is an opportunity to integrate your academic interests and skills as part of a deep investigation of an idea of your choice.
Expand Your Intellectual Curiosity
Exploring your own ideas will give you the opportunity to gain original insights into a topic you care about and learn how to articulate and convey these perceptions to others.
Sharpen Your Research and Analytical Skills
Working on a lengthy project will require you to draw upon and apply the skills that you’ve been developing during your academic journey. As you extend your knowledge base, you should start to become an expert in your field.
Work Closely with Faculty Members
Here is an invaluable opportunity to grow intellectually with an in depth exploration your academic interests with a faculty member of your choice. As in graduate school, it is likely that you will develop enduring ties with faculty members.
Develop Transferable Skills
Learning how to sustain an intellectual exploration involves time management, the facility to develop and revise your ideas, the discipline to support and sustain your reasoning, and the ability to make a public presentation. You will find that all of these enhance your skills in solving problems, doing research, and communicating effectively, which are valuable assets for any career and support life-long learning.
Build a Bridge to Your Future
Completing the Honors Thesis is both the culmination of your college journey and the launch of your future career. Your Honors Thesis demonstrates your aptitude for sustained effort and multidimensional problem solving, which increases your competitiveness both on the job market and for graduate school.
Learn more about the Honors Thesis
The Individually Contracted Honors Thesis approach focuses on an original question that you explore through an individual academic contract with a faculty member.