The Departmental Honors Program is an opportunity for qualified students to complete a significant independent research project. Completing an Honors project can be one of the most academically rewarding experiences of a student's undergraduate career and can enhance career opportunities and graduate school applications.
- extend over two semesters, and are worth a total of six credit hours,
- are performed under the supervision of a faculty advisor, and
- culminate in a written thesis and an oral defense before an examining committee.
How to complete an Honors project
- Start here: check qualifications, know your topic, find an advisor, apply for admission
- Honors 495: registration, working with your advisor, finding funding
- Honors 496: examining committee, thesis, oral defense
- Wrap-up: reporting of Honors level, archiving thesis
A Note on Latin Honors
To recognize outstanding academic achievement, William & Mary awards degrees summa cum laude (overall grade point average >3.80), magna cum laude (>3.65), and cum laude (>3.50). This honor is noted on the student’s diploma and on the academic transcript, and is not related to completion of a departmental Honors project.