The Honors Thesis will be one of the most exciting and rewarding experiences you’ll have as an Honors student. It might feel daunting at first, but Commonwealth Honors College offers a number of ways to help you succeed, including how-to workshops, advising support, a dedicated faculty writing coach, and faculty mentoring.
Honors Thesis Workshops
This series of workshops will give you an excellent overview of what to expect and how to prepare for the Honors Thesis, from the development of an idea through submission of the final paperwork.
The workshops cover a range of topics:
Timeline for completing an Honors Thesis
Scope of the Honors Thesis
Difference between a Thesis Seminar and an Individually Contracted Honors Thesis
Creating a committee for an Individually Contracted Honors Thesis
Choosing a Thesis Seminar
How to approach an Honors Thesis
- In social and behavioral sciences
- In a STEM field
- In the arts and humanities
Developing an Honors Thesis concept and proposal
Time management skills
Faculty Honors Writing Coach
Commonwealth Honors College offers students the opportunity to work one-on-one with an experienced writing coach. Our Faculty Honors Writing Coach can assist with process, editing, structure, and style on papers and writing assignments from any Honors course or on sections of the Honors Thesis. Appointments are available throughout fall and spring semesters except during holidays and campus closures.
To sign up for a 30-minute appointment, visit the appointment scheduling portal, choose MAKE AN APPOINTMENT and select "See a CHC Writing Coach." All sessions take place in Elm 229. Students should bring a printed double-spaced copy of their work to the appointment.
One of the advantages of being an Honors College student is our special advising. Your Honors Advisor is a great resource for planning for your thesis and to help you charting your academic journey.
Department Honors Program Directors
Each department has an Honors Program Director who approves, advises, and assists students pursuing the Departmental Honors thesis track. The Honors Program Director also reviews and approves applications for Departmental Honors and for Departmental Independent Study Honors courses.