The English Department Honors Program provides an opportunity for students to pursue a year-long independent project under the guidance of Department faculty.
The Honors program is open to English majors who, at the beginning of the second semester of their junior year, have maintained a 3.6 in English and a 3.0 overall GPA. Prospective honors students should plan to fulfill the 201/202 requirement by the middle of the junior year and take a 400-level seminar by the end of the junior year. Transfer students with strong records of achievement, but who haven’t fulfilled these course requirements by the end of the junior year, can still submit an application. We’ll review such applications on a case-by-case basis.
During the spring semester, there will be an orientation meeting for all students who would like to write a thesis the following year. At the meeting, the Honors Director will explain what writing a thesis entails, how to draft a proposal, and how to find a faculty advisor.
In the senior year, students will receive 3 credits per term for independent work on the thesis. In addition, all Honors students will enroll in the one-credit, seven-week Proseminar, led by the Honors Director, which will take place during the fall semester. The completed thesis will be evaluated by the advisor and a second reader. A grade of B+ or better will be required in order to earn the Honors designation..
Students wishing to complete an English honors project in conjunction with a College Honors program will be required to secure the approval of both the Undergraduate Director and the appropriate College Dean at the end of the spring semester of the junior year. The project will have to be framed to satisfy both sets of requirements and expectations. Such students will also enroll in the English Department Proseminar.