Honors Theses

Completing an Honors Thesis 

As an Honors College student, you will complete one senior thesis that fulfills the requirements of both your major's departmental honors program and the Honors College requirements.

It’s never too early to start thinking about your Honors Thesis or to start exploring the resources available to you. Good preparation will give your thesis better direction and help you avoid mistakes.

Decide what kind of research you'll complete

The type of research you complete will be determined by your major. Research looks significantly different, for example, in English than it does in Biology. 

Your thesis advisors and other professors in your major’s department will be your best resource as you determine the type of research to complete. The University Library may also have discipline-specific resources. 

Find the current literature 

Every thesis starts with a review of the relevant literature. You need to discuss the current body of knowledge and how it was developed before you add to it.

Honors College Librarian Greg Bobish is available to meet one-on-one to help you find the materials you need for your thesis. He can help identify what’s available in our library, what you can request to borrow from other libraries and what sources you haven’t yet used.