Honors Application

The English Honors Program is designed for English majors who would like to do advanced, original work culminating in an Honors thesis (40-50 pages) during senior year. For admission, students should have completed 12 credits in English, including English 205Z, 210 and one 300-level course (preferably 305V). Applicants should have an overall GPA of at least 3.25 and a GPA in the English major of at least 3.5. Students admitted to the program in the sophomore year or in the Fall of the junior year are required to take the Honors special topics seminar (ENG 399Z) in the Spring preceding the senior year.

Applications for Spring 2016 are being accepted until November 20th. 

To apply for the Honors Program: Fill out all of the fields in the form below, and click "Submit." A critical writing sample is also required, and must be submitted separately via email. Choose your strongest critical essay from one of your classes, and email it as a Word or PDF attachment to the Honors Program Director, Professor Eric Keenaghan (ekeenaghan@albany.edu). If you want to write a creative writing thesis, you must send a critical essay but you should include a brief sample (up to 10 pages) of your creative work, too. Use the subject line "Honors Writing Sample" for your email, and be sure to write a short message introducing yourself.

Interested students are encouraged to apply in the spring of their sophomore year, but students can apply (or reapply with a different sample) up until the application deadline in the fall of junior year. If you have any questions about the application process or the program's requirements, please email Professor Keenaghan to set up a meeting to discuss your questions or concerns.









Below, include information about your work in the English major's core courses: ENG205Z, ENG210, ENG305V, and ENG310. For each, supply the name of the instructor with whom you studied, the grade you earned, and the semester when you had the class. If you are currently registered for one of the core courses, write "IP" in the grade box and supply the instructor and semester information. If you are registered for or planning to register for one of the courses next semester, write "R" in the grade box and supply the instructor and semester information (if known). For the remaining fields below, you can also supply information about any other 200, 300, or 400-level English courses  you have already completed, or any literature, performance, or cultural studies courses  you have taken in related disciplines (such as Theater, Globalization Studies, Women's Studies, French, Spanish, LACS, Chinese Studies). 

Prospective creative writing students only: If you wish to write a creative writing thesis, please also include information about ENG302W/302Z and/or ENG402Z.  If you have been involved with Arch, or if have worked in the Writing Center, note "Arch" or "Writing Center" in the course number box and indicate the semesters you were involved with the magazine or worked as a tutor. Supply the name of the faculty mentor in the instructor box, and leave the grade box blank.

Course Number
Instructor Grade Semester

Name(s) of one or more English Department professors familiar with the quality of your work: