- Students will write an interdisciplinary thesis with a minimum of two disciplines used, thus a need for two readers minimum from two different departments will be required. This project will be based on the proposal project completed in HON 350. [Students in Honors but from catalogues prior to Fall 2008 will not have taken HON 350, but will complete their thesis process through HON 499.]
- A public presentation is required.
- Given the above, thesis should be for a broader audience and use language and concepts such that a broader audience could understand. Thus, part of the goal of the thesis process is for students to become public intellectuals.
- A thesis topic may in part be developed from topics that arose in one of their Honors Forums (or a progression of them).
- Thesis will be bound to formatting specifications; left-hand margin (for binding purposes) must be 1.5 inches; all other margins are 1 inch.
Must be a substantive intellectual inquiry utilizing original research and producing an interdisciplinary understanding of the topic.
- Proves or argues a new concept
- Connects existing research in a new way
- Examples include:
- Scientific thesis
- Discursive thesis (humanities, etc.)
- Engineering Project (tangible results needed – e.g., an 8 lb. bicycle, an underwater missile)
- A business project
- An oral history
- Literary Creative Work – must have written critical component
- Artistic Creative Work – must have written critical component
- Music or dance performance – own compositions and covers and write up (critical) of piece
- Curriculum development – not just Education majors may do this.
- A combination of the above.
Must include a written portion if creative or applied
- Example: Catalogue of art exhibit with critical analysis
Creative or applied theses must include a critical component that may be met by one or more of the following strategies:
- Library research – annotated bibliographies
- Theoretical or critical preface/paper
- Evaluations by others - formalized
- Narrative or written report, reflective, on the experience as it relates to others’ work, history, and theories.
- Photographic record
- Art exhibit catalogue with critical preface, narrative, etc.
The following steps are for Honors students admitted prior to Fall 2008; Honors students admitted after Fall 2008 do not go through this process; rather they follow the progression of HON 350, 450, and 451 in developing these stages.
Submit description including, as much as possible
- Independent Study form (speak with Honors Program Coordinator to retrieve this form)
- Working Title
- Statement of Intent. What are you trying to say? This is your research question
- Background and significance. Why are you doing this? Identify central issues
- Methods/procedures. How are you going to do this?
- Human subjects approval (if necessary). Please see the Institutional Review Board web site for information about research that requires approval and how to get your project approved.
- Preliminary outline or prospectus of finished thesis (perhaps at the beginning of second thesis term?)
- Why you are interested in doing this and what in your background lends itself toward helping you do it?
- Whom would you like to work with as a faculty advisor? How does their expertise lend itself to your project?
- Schedule. Please provide a timetable for research, drafts, etc. See below for guidelines.
- Expenses/Budget, if necessary
- References for proposal
- Hoped-for outcomes of proposal
- Appendices (if necessary)
Each step should be as fleshed out as possible for each term of the thesis work; I would anticipate that especially steps 6-7, 9-14 might change a bit as the second term is approached.
- Submit IS form and proposal by census of the term, preferably before then;
- develop with advisor the above steps to produce a coherent proposal;
- A month before the end of the term, and/or two weeks before the presentation, submit a draft for Honors Council members to critique;
- Final draft due after presentation, in format appropriate for binding, but by end of finals’ week of term that it is due.
Required Forms & Sample Pages: