Candidates for honors must graduate with a grade point average of at least 3.2 overall and an average of at least 3.5 in courses counted toward the major.
To receive honors, you must demonstrate mastery of the course of study you have followed, write a thesis of highest quality, present it publically in a sophisticated manner that speaks to all members of the audience, and defend it before faculty with distinction. In the case of a thesis of the highest quality, together with an exceptional academic record, the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies (CIS) may confer high honors.
Honors in the CIS is a true mark of distinction and is necessarily rare. Final decisions concerning honors will be made by the director, after consultation with faculty advisers and the CIS Faculty Advisory Committee. Announcement of honors is made only after all honors candidates have defended their theses, normally at the CIS banquet in late April.
Honors theses will be included in the Davidson College Library's Digital Repository. Information about how to submit your thesis is available on the library website about thesis archives. Arrangements can be made for copies to be bound at personal expense by an outside vendor. If you intend to publish your thesis research, you are advised to speak with your mentors about what information is allowed to be disseminated online so as to avoid prohibitions that may limit future publication in peer-reviewed journals.