Honors Thesis & Graduation with Distinction

Procedure for the selection of students

To be eligible, students must have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 and a 3.5 GPA in Literature course work. Students apply to the director of undergraduate studies by March 29 of their junior year and include a writing sample, a letter from a faculty member, and the name of the thesis advisor.

Expected Product

A thesis is required.

Evaluative body

A committee comprised of the thesis advisor, the DUS, and a third reader chosen from among the members of the Literature faculty and affiliated faculty.

Evaluation procedure

The student’s committee evaluates the thesis. In addition, the student meets with the committee for a 1-hour defense.

Levels of distinction

One level: Distinction. To graduate with distinction, the student must receive an honors thesis grade of B+ or above.

Special courses, other activities required, comments

Candidate must take the two-semester honors seminar sequence 495 and 496 with their thesis advisor.