Timeline for Individually Contracted Honors Thesis

Timeline for Individually Contracted Honors Thesis

This timeline provides a handy overview of basic deadlines and expectations for the completion of the Individually Contracted Thesis. Keep in mind that your Thesis Committee may customize the timeline.  

 


499Y Semester Plan   

Anytime 

  • Initiate conversations with faculty regarding potential Honors Thesis topics.  

  • Attend the Honors Thesis workshops, preferably starting in the first semester of junior year.  

April of Junior Year 

  • Recruit a faculty Committee Chair for the Thesis Committee, 

  • Discuss your 499Y Semester Plan Proposal with faculty (Honors Thesis Part 1), which addresses: 

    • Statement regarding the goal of the Research Manuscript or Portfolio 
    • Key readings 

    • Communication with committee 

    • Specialized training 

    • Methodology 

    • Timeline  

  • Submit your 499Y Semester Plan Proposal using the online Honors Thesis Proposal Contract Course process via CHC Paths. (See the PATHS landing page for deadlines.) 

  • Get detailed instructions on creating and submitting the 499Y Semester Plan Proposal. 

September - December of Senior Year 

  • Conduct 499Y Semester Plan Proposal work. 

  • Initiate the research or creative endeavor as appropriate.  

 


499T/P Honors Thesis Proposal 

November - December of Senior Year  

  • Thesis Committee evaluates 499Y Semester Plan Proposal work and determines if student may proceed with the 499T/P Honors Thesis Proposal (Honors Thesis Part 2). 

  • Discuss and draft 499T/P Honors Thesis Proposal, which addresses: 

  • Introduction 

  • Literature review 

  • Methodology 

  • Evaluation 

  • Communication with committee 

  • Timeline 

  • Recruit second Committee Member 

  • Submit your 499T/P Honors Thesis Proposal using the online Honors Thesis Proposal Contract Course process via CHC Paths. (See the PATHS landing page for deadlines.) 

January - March of Senior Year 

  • Continue 499T/P Honors Thesis Proposal research or creative endeavor. 

March of Senior Year 

  • Create draft of Research Manuscript (and Portfolio artifact, if relevant) for Thesis Committee review. 

April of Senior Year 

  • Present your oral defense with the Thesis Committee. 

  • Finalize manuscript and Portfolio artifact, if relevant. 

  • Submit properly formatted manuscript and Portfolio artifact, if relevant, by the end of classes via CHC Paths
     

Students intending to complete all 6 credits in one semester should use only the Part II contract to submit their Contract and Registration request and complete proposal.