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Honors


Students selected for this program will take a graduate seminar, complete an honors thesis, and will defend that thesis in an oral examination.

undergrad-honors.jpgThere are also mandatory College requirements in the Fall and Spring semesters, including meetings, deadlines for degree applications, and the electronic submission of the thesis. For a detailed explanation of the Honors Program please view the undergraduate handbook.

Step 1: Rules and Application. 

  • Submit a writing sample (preferably a research paper) and a one-paragraph description of their proposed research topic.

Step 2: Faculty Evaluations after application submission

  • The Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) will solicit evaluations from at least two of the WGS faculty (core and associated) who have had the student in a class.

Step 3: Acceptance into the Honors Program.

  • Students will receive a decision by March.

Step 4: Select a Thesis Advisor and Project Proposal deadline. 

  • Identify a thesis advisor (WGS core or associated faculty member)

Step 5: Register for WGS 495 (Honors Research) and satisfying progress.

  • Students must register for WGS 495 (Honors Research) both semesters the senior year.
  • Students must also maintain a 3.5 overall GPA to remain in the Honors Program.

Step 6: Register for a Graduate Course.

  • Review offered courses and descriptions
  • Request a registration access code and forward the professor's approval email to the WGS Graduate Coordinator

Step 7: Committee Formation. 

  • Students must choose two additional faculty members to serve on their Honors committee their senior year.

Step 8: Oral Thesis Defense. 

  • Students must submit their completed thesis to their thesis committee no later than April.
  • Students must successfully defend their thesis in an oral examination before their thesis committee no later than April.