Before you begin work on an honors project you must find an honors advisor, choose a topic, and file the paperwork at the proper time. Honors work itself consists of a two-course sequence, usually completed in the fall and spring semesters of the senior year. The first semester of the sequence will be devoted to independent research and the second to the writing and revising of a thesis. After you have turned your thesis in, the final step in the process will be an oral examination on the topic of your thesis before a committee consisting of your honors advisor and other professors, at least one of which will be from a department other than Classical Studies.
Keep in mind that the deadlines required by the Classical Studies department are often more stringent than college-wide requirements. Your advisor may also set requirements for you that are even more stringent than departmental requirements. Exceptions to the departmental deadlines will be permitted only in unusual circumstances, and neither your advisor nor the department has the authority to waive deadlines and requirements set by the college and the Charles Center. (These deadlines are marked with an asterisk in the time-line below.)
The timeline presented here is for students finishing the honors thesis and/or graduating in May. For December graduates, the schedule of deadlines will be different, but the deadlines will fall in the same relative place in the course of the student's final semesters. Consult your advisor and/or the department head for exact deadlines. Failure to observe any of these deadlines, or any other deadlines that may be set by your advisor, the department, the Charles Center or the college may result your not earning honors.
If you are going abroad for all or part of your Junior year, please note that some deadlines will fall in the period when you will be away from campus. Since the deparment encourages students both to go abroad and to pursue honors, we are quite willing to make the extra effort to help you do both, but ultimately it is your responsibility to keep in contact with the department to make the necessary arrangements.
Spring Semester, Junior Year:
First Friday after Start of Classes: By this date you must inform the department chair of your interest in doing honors. Prior to this you should already have a good idea of who your honors advisor will be and what topic you will pursue (see below for advice on this topic).
First Day of Pre-registration for Fall Semester:
By this date you must submit your application for admission to the honors program to the Charles Center. For this you will need to have chosen your honors advisor and topic and to obtain the signatures of your honors advisor and the department chair. Once your application is accepted, the Charles Center will automatically enroll you in GREK, LATN or CLCV 495 in the upcoming fall semester and 496 in the spring semester. In planning your schedule for these semesters, keep in mind that these are three-credit courses which will require at least as much of your time as any other three-credit course.
From this point on, your work will be under the direction of your honors advisor. The deadlines and requirements listed below represent departmental and college-wide minimums. Your advisor may require earlier deadlines and more in the way of drafts and other preliminary work.
Summer before Senior Year:
Begin research into your topic after consultation with your honors advisor. You may be able to obtain support for your summer research from the Charles Center. Visit the Center Summer Research Scholarship page for more information.
Fall Semester, Senior Year:
First Friday after Start of Classes: By this date you should have met with your honors advisor to work out a plan of research for the fall semester and a schedule of meetings between the two of you to report on your progress.
Spring Semester, Senior Year:
Late February (exact date will be set by the Charles Center each year): The department must submit examining committee membership recommendations to the Charles Center.
First Friday in April: By this date you must present your advisor with a complete draft of your thesis (most advisors will also require preliminary drafts of the complete thesis or parts of the thesis before this date).
Two Weeks Before the Last Day of Classes (mid-April): By this date you must present your advisor and all committee members with a final draft of your thesis conforming to specifications given below. No substantial revisions to your thesis will be permitted after this date, so it is essential that your thesis be in as final a form as possible.
One Week Before the Last Day of Classes: Your advisor will schedule your oral examination for the earliest possible time after this date, provided that your advisor and the committee members agree that the thesis you submitted meets minimum requirements of acceptability.
Late April/Early May (exact date will be set by the Charles Center each year): The results of your oral examination must be submitted to the Charles Center along with a copy of the title page of your thesis with the original signatures of the examination committee. Whether you achieve honors, and what level of honors you achieve may, at the discretion of the committee, be made contingent on minor revisions and corrections in your thesis.
Last Day of Regularly Scheduled Final Examinations: You must present two unbound copies of your thesis with the original signatures of the examining committee on the title page and all final corrections and revisions (if any). These copies must be printed on acid-free paper and conform to other specifications given below. They will be bound and deposited for safekeeping, one in the University Archives in Swem Library, the other in the department. You must also submit the online Honors Thesis Submission Form.