Once admitted as an Honors candidate, planning becomes an important part of completing the curriculum and achieving an Honors designation.
All Honors candidates meet with their committee to discuss the specific parameters of what is expected out of the project in terms of length, research, etc.. But some general guidelines include a length of:
A reading list will be established as well.
||The Coordinator notifies those admitted to Honors
||Reader chooses 2-3 books, and the Director can take that number up to 10; the Director sends the reading list to the Student, Reader, and Coordinator during the first week of July; the books are to be read by Oct 1;
|First week of classes
||Director, Reader, and Student meet to establish ground rules; establish weekly tutorials;
||Exam on/conversation about the first half of the reading list during English 498 for both critical and creative thesis writers; the next set of ten books is agreed upon.
|Nov - Dec
||The 498 Fall Colloquium is held. Students give 8-10 minute presentations, followed by formal question and answer period for each project.
||First 1/3rd of thesis due; content to be determined by Director. This 1/3rd project draft is read by the Director, the Reader, and the Honors Coordinator
||For creative writers only: Exam on the second set of up to ten books during English 499;
||Workshops conducted by the Directors during English 499 (Readers attend)
||Second 1/3rd of thesis due
||A complete draft of the project is submitted to the Director, Reader and Honors Coordinator; written responses on the thesis draft by Director, Reader, and Honors Coordinator are due back to the student within 14 days
|Late March - early April
||Spring Colloquium for the creative writers (who read) and scholars (who either read the high points of their theses or extemporize); Students give 7-10 minute presentations, followed by a question and answer period.
||Final Project Due
|April - May
||Defense for the scholars, including the second half of the field exam
|April - May
||Part of 499, private, 1-hour defenses of critical theses with the Director, Reader, and Program Coordinator
Honors are awarded at graduation time, at the discretion of the English Department, and provided ALL criteria below have been met by the candidate: