Friday September 28: Prospectus: The prospectus should include an abstract or description ofthe subject and the problem or question(s) that the student is exploring, and,to the extent possible, a preliminary (or working) hypothesis (1-2 pages,single-spaced). It should include a preliminary bibliography of primary andsecondary sources, and a preliminary outline of the essay. Individual advisorsmay also require a preliminary annotated bibliography at this time. This firstassignment creates a working document that the student will continue to developas the research and analysis progresses. (Please give one copy of the prospectus to each reader on your advisorycommittee, and one to the History Department coordinator).
Monday October 15: The student will submit an 6-8 page paper, double-spaced, which a)presents the subject, and the working hypothesis, b) places the honors projectin the relevant historiographical and theoretical literature, and c) describes themethodology for collecting and analyzing the sources. At the discretion of theadvisor, d) the student will also submit an annotated bibliography at this time.This assignment might represent a first thinking through of the introduction tothe essay.
Friday December 7: A draft of a substantive section (or a chapter) of the essay. Afterhaving read and commented on this paper, the advisory committee will meet withthe student. The advisory committee willthen make a recommendation by the end of the semester as to whether the projectshould continue into the second semester or if it should become an independentstudy.
February 25: A draft of the next substantive section (or a chapter) of the essay.Spring term deadlines may be altered by agreement of the projectcommittee.
March: A draft of the next substantive section (or a chapter) of the essay will be due either before or after spring break, based on the decision of the primary advisor.
Monday April 15: The student will hand in a completed draft of the project unless otherarrangements have been made with their advisor and subcommittee. Soon after thecompleted draft has been read by the advisory committee, the student and thecommittee will meet to review the project to ensure that satisfactory progresshas been made up to that point.
Wednesday May 8: The student will hand in the final honors essay.