You may initiate your Honors Thesis through a Thesis Seminar. The Thesis Seminar provides a structured framework, giving you the opportunity to work alongside fellow Honors College students as you develop your proposal and your Honors Thesis, as well as orally present the work within the class or at the Undergraduate Research Conference, or otherwise determined by the instructor. The format of the Honors Thesis will be similar to that required for the Individually Contracted Honors approach, but the exact requirements will be specified in the syllabus for the Thesis Seminar.
Honors Thesis Formats
The Portfolio format involves a written document coupled with a creative artifact, such as a performance, musical score, architectural blueprint, engineering invention, screenplay, business case study, collection of original poetry, or art exhibition.
The Research Manuscript is the customary format for presenting extended investigation and research.
The oral defense for a Thesis Seminar usually takes the form of an oral presentation to the entire class or at the Undergraduate Research Conference. The instructor will indicate the specific oral defense format and expectations.
Credits and Scheduling
All Thesis Seminars are small courses focused on exploring a specific topic in a classroom setting with other Honors Thesis students. Seminars are graded by the course instructor and you do NOT have to submit a thesis proposal on CHC PATHS.
The Honors Thesis is traditionally completed over two semesters in the senior year, divided into two 499 Thesis Seminar courses of 3+ credits each, informally referred to as Honors Thesis Part 1 and Honors Thesis Part 2. In the first semester (Honors Thesis Part 1), you will develop the Honors Thesis proposal. In the second semester (Honors Thesis Part 2), you will complete the Honors Thesis. You will find the Thesis Seminar course descriptions online in the Honors Course Guide.