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.
A thesis is required.
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.
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.