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.

For this semester, the application portal has closed. It will reopen on January 20, 2016.  

To apply, 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. (Your application will not be considered complete and will not be reviewed until your writing sample has been submitted. Both the application form and the sample must be submitted by the deadline above in order to be considered.) Email your writing sample as a Word or PDF attachment to the Honors Program Director, Professor Eric Keenaghan (ekeenaghan@albany.edu). Use the subject line "Honors Writing Sample" for your email, and be sure to write a short message introducing yourself and expressing your particular interest in the program. 

The strongest critical writing samples usually originate in English 305V or another 300-level English course, and typically a sample is between 8 and 12 double-spaced pages (2000 - 3000 words). Choose your best work, and make revisions and edits to improve it further. Critical writing samples should be focused yet in depth thesis-driven arguments that demonstrate: strong original and analytic thought; strong writing and organizational skills; the ability to analyze a primary literary, filmic, or cultural text by using and thinking through textual evidence to support claims and develop an argument; and engagement of one or more secondary texts (literary or cultural criticism, theory, histories, poetics essays, archival documents) to frame your argument and/or to establish an intervention in an ongoing critical conversation about the issue, problem, text, or author/artist.  

If you would like to write a creative writing thesis, you still must submit a critical essay. However, it is highly recommended that you include a brief sample (up to 10 pages) of your creative work, too, as a second email attachment. The creative sample can consist of examples from any genre (fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, playwriting) or short works from a combination of genres that you believe best represent your work and your writing interests. 

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: