Spring Semester — Junior Year
Identify and contact candidates. Department chair sends updated faculty research areas to rising seniors and invites project proposals.
Preliminary project proposal due to department faculty. 1-page statement identifying a field of interest, outlining a summer research/reading plan and rudimentary bibliography.
Fall Semester — Senior Year
|Before Week 1||
Summer research report and updated project proposal due to department faculty
Classes begin: Department assigns advisor, 2nd reader and initial meeting with advisor is scheduled
|Week 2||Meetings resume|
|Week 3||Grua/O’Connel declaration of intent (option, not requirement)|
Prospectus and bibliography due to advisor
Prospectus (2-4 pages, double-spaced) should include an abstract or description of the subject and the question(s) to be explored; if possible, a working hypothesis; preliminary bibliography of primary and secondary sources (which helps in delineating the project further and strengthen its argumentative arch); preliminary outline of the essay; this working document will continually be updated as the research and analysis progresses.
|Week 5||Grua/O’Connel application & letter of recommendation|
Hypothesis paper (aka a draft introduction) due to advisor and 2nd reader.
|Week 13||1st chapter due to committee|
Mid-year colloquium to introduce project to department
1st meeting with committee to discuss initial feedback
Spring Semester — Senior Year
|Week 1||Add Advanced Independent Study|
2nd chapter due to committee
|Week 4||Spring colloquium|
|February/March||Names of honors candidates due to registrar|
Complete draft due to committee (Highly suggested: 1st day back from break)
|Week 11||2nd meeting with committee to discuss final revisions|
|April||Thesis titles due to registrar|
|Week 12/13||Final draft due to committee|
|Week 14||Final draft due to department|
|Week 15||Honors theses defense (Exam Period)|
Levels of Honors due to the registrar by 12:00 noon
Final thesis due to the library by 5:00 pm