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The Honors Program provides an opportunity for students to show their capacity for thoughtful writing, thinking, and speaking through the completion of a senior honors thesis. Alternatively, a student in the arts may complete an artistic work accompanied by a prose explication. Application for admission to the honors program should be made through the department in which honors is sought early in the junior year. The thesis is defended as a proposal during the spring semester of the junior year and will be presented as a completed document to the faculty in the last semester of the senior year.
The minimum University requirements that qualify a student to attempt an honors thesis are a 3.3 grade point average both cumulatively and in the major and two faculty letters of recommendation that speak to the candidates motivation and ability to complete such a project. Since individual departments may have additional requirements, students should consult the Courses of Study bulletin or speak with the chair of the department.