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Honors Capstone and Senior Thesis

​Honors Senior Capstone

Each student in the Honors Program will complete either an Honors Senior capstone course or an Honors Senior Thesis (see below). Both formats require students to use the research skills they developed in the Junior Seminar (HON 301) to carry out projects independently.

The Honors Senior capstone course requires students to use the research skills they developed in the Junior Seminar to carry out projects independently. The Senior capstone seeks to advance these skills through discussion, research, and presentations. Note that HON 351 is a service-learning designated course that may be used to fulfill the university’s experiential learning requirement.

Honors Senior Thesis

The Honors Senior Thesis is a significant study of a topic of interest to the student, and is conducted in close consultation with two faculty members serving as thesis advisor and faculty reader. The thesis can be a piece of in-depth research or a creative project with a research supplement. Careful planning is required at all stages of the process, and students are required to submit a thesis proposal the quarter before the thesis will be completed. Thesis students will present a summary of their research or creative process at the Honors Student Conference and display their thesis poster format at the conference and the Honors Senior Gala. Listed below is detailed information about the Honors Senior Thesis option. Students interested in completing a thesis should download the thesis information pdf document accessible below.

Read what one recent Honors Program graduate told us:

"My Honors Senior Thesis became the writing sample and cornerstone of all my applications. It was by a wide margin the most important thing I did as an undergraduate, and perhaps the singular reason for my grad school admissions successes."
Adam Syvertsen (2016) – Accepted to Northwestern University, PhD in English

Honors Senior Thesis Information 2022-2023

The Honors Senior Thesis 2022-2023 Information Packet​ contains details about the thesis option, including the proposal process, information about the research process, your faculty thesis director, forms to submit, and much more.