English Honors Application

How to Apply

To apply for the English 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. 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 Richard Barney. 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. 

Students are encouraged to apply in the Spring of sophomore year, but students can apply (or, if not admitted the first time, can reapply with a different sample) in the Fall of junior year. In exceptional cases, as is especially true for transfers or students who studied abroad in the Fall, students might apply in the Spring of junior year. If you have any questions about the application process or the program's requirements, please email Professor Barney to set up a meeting to discuss your questions or concerns.

About Writing Samples
Critical Writing Samples

The strongest critical writing samples usually originate in English 305V or another 300-level English course. Typically, a writing sample is between 5 and 10 double-spaced pages (750 - 2500 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.  

Samples for Creative Writing Thesis

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. Submit it as a second attachment to the email, accompanying your critical sample. The creative sample can consist of examples from any literary form or genre (fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, playwriting), or it might consist of short works from a combination of several forms or genres that you believe best represent your writing interests. 

English Honors Application

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Below, include information about your work in the English major's core courses: ENG205Z, ENG210, and ENG305V. 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.