Your entire honors career leads to this – your Honors Thesis.
The Honors Thesis is a personalized experience that serves as a stepping stone toward the next stage of your academic or professional career. It allows you to work one-on-one with a faculty member to produce a long-term, in-depth project in an area that you’re passionate about.
It’s a large final project and, depending on your major, might take the form of a capstone, design project, research paper, or creative work—we’ve even had students write novels. No matter the final format of your thesis, you’ll incorporate the knowledge and investigative techniques you learned during your undergraduate career in new directions. That can make the project both intimidating and exciting!
The Honors Thesis is a two-semester commitment that demands a minimum of six units of work.
Students may complete an Honors Thesis and graduate with honors in their major or minor. Students may graduate with honors in more than one major or minor by completing two distinct theses.
This personalized experience includes exploring a concept while incorporating the knowledge and investigative techniques you learned during your undergraduate career. The capstone may take any form appropriate to your discipline and approved by your capstone advisor (e.g. research paper, performance, video, artwork, etc.). Many of our alumni say it was their favorite part of their Honors experience.
How much time should you spend preparing, planning and executing your thesis/capstone?
Your mentor will help you outline your goals and develop a plan of action.
Completing the Thesis/Capstone Prospectus is a mandatory step in order to graduate with honors.