There are two “tracks” for completing College Honors; one for students enrolled in the Honors College and one for Non-HCOL students.

Timeline for Honors College Students

Junior Year:

  • Receive official invitation from Dean's Office to participate in College Honors program.
  • Complete Junior Year CAS HCOL requirements (HON 196 & HON 101)
  • Consult with faculty thesis supervisor who agrees to supervise project. The thesis supervisor must be a tenured or tenure-track professor in the College of Arts and Sciences. (If you don't know whether this is the case, ask!)
  • Submit College Honors thesis proposal in spring of Junior Year for early HCOL deadline (late March/early April).
  • The Honors Committee will inform all candidates of acceptance decisions.


Senior Year, First Semester:

  • By the end of the Add/Drop period, register for three credits of HON 2XX (the course number will be different for each department) and HON 201 (0-credit Thesis Seminar).
  • * HCOL Students who were unable or ineligible (due to GPA) to submit in the spring of Junior Year may submit for the fall College Honors deadline (late September).


Senior Year, Second Semester:

  • By the end of the Add/Drop period, register for three credits of HON 2XX (the course number will be different for each department) and HON 201 (0-credit Thesis Seminar).
  • Early in the semester plan oral defense of project with faculty supervisor and two additional evaluators, (See Completing and Defending College Honors Theses). The student should ensure that the thesis advisor electronically submits the "Schedule of the College Honors Thesis Defense" form to indicate the date, time, and place agreed upon for the defense by the student and their thesis committee. This form should be submitted at least 2 weeks in advance of the defense.
  • By the last day of the examination period complete the defense and submit the completed written project. Your thesis committee chair must submit the Evaluation of Thesis Defense form to the Chair of Honors Committee (via the Dean's Office) by the last day of examination period.
  • During Commencement festivities attend reception honoring students completing College Honors projects.

All above forms, applications and schedules available on "Apply" page.

Timeline for Non-Honors College Students

Junior Year, Second Semester:

  • Receive official invitation from Dean's Office to participate in College Honors program.
  • Consult with faculty thesis supervisor who agrees to supervise project. The thesis supervisor must be a tenured or tenure-track professor in the College of Arts and Sciences. (If you don't know whether this is the case, ask!) Students are invited, but not required, to submit a short statement of intent to the Chair of the Honors Committee. The statement should include a general topic area and the name and signature of the faculty member who has agreed to supervise the project.


Senior Year, First Semester:

  • By the end of the Add/Drop period, register for three credits of HON 2XX (the course number will be different for each department.)
  • Late September or February (depending on the semester in which the thesis work will begin) submit the completed application by the deadline. No proposals will be accepted after this deadline.
  • The Committee will inform all candidates of acceptance decisions. (Work done this semester on projects that the Committee turns down may receive credit as Departmental Readings and Research after consultation with, and approval from, the student's secured thesis supervisor)


Senior Year, Second Semester:

  • By the end of the Add/Drop period, register for three credits of HON 2XX (the course number will be different for each department).
  • Early in the semester plan oral defense of project with faculty supervisor and two additional evaluators, (See Completing and Defending College Honors Theses). The student should ensure that the thesis advisor electronically submits the "Schedule of the College Honors Thesis Defense" form to indicate the date, time, and place agreed upon for the defense by the student and their thesis committee. This form should be submitted at least 2 weeks in advance of the defense.
  • By the last day of the examination period complete the defense and submit the completed written project. Your thesis committee chair must submit the Evaluation of Thesis Defense form to the Chair of Honors Committee (via the Dean's Office) by the last day of examination period.
  • During Commencement festivities attend reception honoring students completing College Honors projects.


All above forms, applications and schedules available on "Apply" page.

IMPORTANT DATES

 

May 2022 Grads

Friday, April 22, 2022 - Deadline to submit online Schedule of Thesis Defense form (due at least two weeks before scheduled defense date)

Friday, April 29, 2022 - Deadline to submit copy of thesis to defense committee for review prior to defense (due at least one week before scheduled defense date)

Friday, May 6, 2022 - Deadline to complete oral defense of thesis (defense must be completed on or before the last day of classes)

Friday, May 13, 2022 - Deadline to submit complete Evaluation of thesis defense form (due on or before the last day of exams)

 

December 2022 Grads

Friday, February 4, 2022 - College Honors Thesis Proposals due

 

May 2023 Grads

Monday, March 28, 2022 – Spring HCOL Junior Deadline: College Honors Thesis Proposals due

Monday, September 26, 2022 – Fall Senior Deadline: College Honors Thesis Proposals due (for Honors College Seniors who did not submit for spring deadline, and for Non-HCOL CAS Seniors)

 

December 2023 Grads

Monday, February 5, 2023 - College Honors Thesis Proposals due

 

May 2024 Grads

Monday, March 27, 2023 – Spring HCOL Junior Deadline: College Honors Thesis Proposals due

Monday, September 25, 2023 – Fall Senior Deadline: College Honors Thesis Proposals due (for Honors College Seniors who did not submit for spring deadline, and for Non-HCOL CAS Seniors)