The Honors Program in English begins with applying in the second semester of the junior year and extends through the entire senior year.
We invite and encourage you to contemplate this challenging intellectual adventure. The process involves proposing, researching, discussing, writing, revising, and publically presenting a thesis or project. Students in the program also take two honors courses (English 498 and English 499) during senior year and work throughout the year with their Project Director, an assigned Reader, the Program Coordinator, and the writers' group of other honors candidates.
Honors is an unparalleled opportunity to explore a research topic in depth, or draft a major work of your own writing in the genre of your own choosing. At graduation, you will not only have the Honors designation, but a substantive work that you'll have created over an extended period of time.
We strongly encourage you to apply for Honors if you are:
If you wish to form a thesis statement about an existing literary work or works and perform critical research and analysis you must complete:
If you wish to hone your creative writing skills within a specific literary discipline you must complete:
Whether you draft a critical or creative proposal, remember it will be read by all English Department faculty, many of whom will not be familiar with your work or with the specifics of your proposed project. So be clear, concrete, and use accessible language. Equally, your writing sample should showcase your verbal abilities and reveal you at your intellectual and creative best.
Turn in the Honors Application Form, your proposal, and your writing sample in hard copy to the Program Director. Collate and paper clip, but do not staple the pages.
For a timetable of what happens if you're accepted as an Honors Candidate, see Honors Curriculum and Designation.
For additional inspiration and clarification regarding potential theses, we encourage you to visit the College Archives, where all English theses are on file for your review.