Honors Essay

An integral part of many MLCS Honors programs is the completion of the Honors Essay in the final semester of study (see the calendar for information on individual programs).

The following is a description of the process for BA Honors:

1. In the fall term of the fourth year (or at the beginning of the term preceding the term in which the student is expects to complete the essay), the student should choose a professor to act as their Honors supervisor and arrange for a meeting to discuss possible thesis topics.

2. Once a topic has been determined, the student should complete the “Honors Thesis: Permission to Register” form (available in Arts 200-F) with the following information:

a. topic;
b. preliminary bibliography;
c. tentative outline of the essay;
d. working timeline for the completion of the essay.

The supervisor must approve the topic. You should then bring the form, along with the materials, to the Honors Mentor, who signs the form as your advisor. The form and supplementary information must be submitted to the undergraduate administrator in Arts 200-F.

3. After the form is submitted, the student is registered for Honors Thesis (495). In the case of Combined Honors, students will be registered in INT D 520.

4. Student and supervisor meet to discuss a working timeline for the completion of the essay. The student is responsible for arranging regular meetings with their supervisor throughout the research and writing processes.

The essay must be completed by the end of the term in which the student is registered for Independent Study. The essay should be around 30 pages (double-spaced, 12-point standard font) or between 8,000 and 10,000 words excluding bibliography.

For more information on the Honors Essay and BA Combined Honors thesis proposes, contact Dr. Natalie Van Deusen.