English Department Honors Thesis Proposal
By April 15 of the junior year, all prospective candidates must submit an application to "Honors" (English 495-496). This application must include a description of the student's proposed study and the name of the faculty member who has agreed to serve as advisor. The proposal must run 5-7 pages and demonstrate the following: that the student has a grasp of some of the major pieces of criticism written on his or her topic; that an initial thesis and/or series of focusing questions has been established and thoughtfully explored; and that the student is aware of important discussions and debates concerning his or her topic, whether or not the student has yet been able to explore these debates. An annotated bibliography of five major sources (secondary critical sources) and a simple bibliography (not annotated) of future critical reading and primary sources should be appended to the 5-7 page proposal.
A student intending to present original poetry, fiction, or drama as his or her honors thesis must submit a 5-7 page description of the project detailing such matters as its general form and subject. Only students who have demonstrated creative talents in practice will be permitted to engage in this special type of honors project. Students should include an outline of the work proposed and list at least five relevant sources in a bibliography, with three annotated.
In the fall of the senior year those accepted as candidates will register for English 495-496 ("Honors"), during the Add/Drop period. During the year, under the general direction of an advisor, the candidate will pursue a systematic program of reading and prepare a thesis.