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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Senior Honors Thesis/Project?

The Senior Honors Thesis/Project is a 6-credit-hour project that may be either a traditional research project, a creative project such as a novel or play, or an applied project such as a training manual or handbook.

Is the thesis required for all Honors students?

No, the Senior Honors Thesis/Project is an option for most Honors students.  Students who choose to complete a thesis graduate with Honors (varying notations depend on GPA and number of Honors experiences).  Those students who complete all of their Honors experiences graduate with the distinction "Honors College Scholar."

Who should complete a thesis?

All students may benefit from the opportunity to work on a sustained individual project, but those students who plan to attend graduate school will find the thesis especially valuable.

How many credit hours is a Senior Honors Thesis/Project?

The Senior Honors Thesis/Project is a total of 6 credit hours. Students choose how to distribute these credit hours across academic terms.

Who chooses my thesis topic?

Students, in consultation with their faculty advisor, devise their own thesis topics or projects.  Most often a topic is formulated during the thesis preparation semester, although sometimes students have identified the topic even earlier.

When should I begin my thesis?

Students typically begin their thesis in the spring of their junior year (or the third semester before graduation) with the two-credit-hour thesis proposal.  At the end of that semester, students submit their thesis proposal and enroll for the remaining four credit hours during their final two semesters.

How long does it take to complete a thesis?

The Senior Honors Thesis/Project is typically completed over three semesters.  Occasionally, students who also plan to study away may complete the thesis in two semesters, with permission of the thesis coordinator. In some instances, students will take more than three semesters to complete the thesis.

How long does my thesis have to be?

Since the thesis is a 6-credit-hour project, it may be as long as 80-120 pages in verbal fields such as history or English.  Theses in psychology or in the sciences are typically 40-60 pages in length as much of the work happens to be in the laboratory.

What needs to be included in a creative Senior Honors Thesis/Project?

Students who write novels, poetry collections, produce a film or painting series, or complete any other creative thesis must also include in their final manuscript a chapter devoted to critical analysis of their creative project.

Where can I find out more information about the Senior Honors Thesis/Project?

The Honors College hosts Thesis Information meetings each semester.  Check the thesis page on the Honors website for meeting dates.  Students can also download the Senior Honors Thesis Handbook from the Honors website.  Contact the thesis coordinator, Victoria Bocchicchio, at or at 330-672-2312 if you wish to talk about specific questions and/or your plans for a thesis.
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