Thesis Specifications

A thesis that fails to follow these specifications will not be acceptable for honors.


If you are pursuing honors in Latin or Greek, your thesis must reflect a substantial amount of work with ancient sources in their original language(s). If your honors are to be in Classical Civilization, you will still be required to work with primary sources (literary and/or material), but research in Latin and Greek texts may be done in translation. An honors thesis in Classical Civilization should not, under normal circumstances, involve detailed literary or linguistic analysis of Latin or Greek texts, unless those texts are read in the original languages.

Your thesis must also reflect an acquaintance with the best and most current modern scholarship on your topic. Your advisor will give you advice on this, but in the course of your research you should also gain and demonstrate a familiarity with the print and electronic resources available for finding modern scholarship.


Particulars of the style and structure of your thesis are for you and your advisor to determine. The following departmental and/or college-wide requirements must be observed, however.

  1. Length: Except in unusual circumstances, your thesis should be neither less than 35 nor more than 100 pages in length (exclusive of illustrations for an archaeological or art-historical topic). A good range to shoot for is 40-50 pages.
  2. Citations: All ancient and modern sources must be cited in a manner that is consistent and clear. The exact format of citations (footnotes vs. endnotes vs. in-text citations; MLA or APA style, etc.) is something you and your advisor should decide upon at an early point in the writing process.
  3. Greek: If you quote words or passages in the original Greek in your thesis, you should use a Greek word-processing font. Carefully proofread the Greek and make sure that all accents and other diacritical marks are correct. The accents and diacriticals should be printed along with the letters, not written in by hand. Work out the difficulties of using a Greek font with your computer and printer well ahead of time.
  4. Computers: The use of computer and high-quality printer will be necessary for the final version of your thesis.
  5. Margins: A binding margin of 1.5 inches must be provided on the left side of each page. All other margins must be at least one inch. Margins must also be maintained for all charts, graphs, and photographs.
  6. Final Copy: The original final copy must be clean, free of strike-overs, obvious erasures (including excessive use of White-out and other methods of correction), and handwritten additions or corrections. When special symbols or other textual additions (other than Greek) are necessary, they may be carefully added with India ink or permanent black ink.
  7. Illustrative Material: By far the best way to include illustrations is to scan them into a digital format and print them as part of the file that contains your text. The department has a scanner which students preparing honors theses can arrange to use for this purpose. Xerographic copies may be submitted if perfectly distinct, but they must be on acid-free bond paper. Slides are also acceptable. If mounted, photographs and other such materials must be dry-mounted on acid-free 20 pound weight bond paper. The use of rubber cement or other glue is not acceptable. NB: dry-mounting tissue is designated for either resin-coated or conventional photographic paper; be sure to select the appropriate one. Photographs which are 8.5 x 11 inches in size need not be mounted. When graphs or drawings are used, originals should accompany the Archives copy if on substantial paper, and if neatly drawn in India ink. If on thin paper, xerographic copies must be submitted on acid-free 8.5 x 11 inch bond paper for the Archives. Large graphs or drawings, as well as large computer printouts, must be reduced to 8.5 x 11 inches, and xerographic copies on acid-free bond paper submitted. Duplicating Services in Swem Library has the equipment and paper for this service.
  8. Title Page: The title page must conform to the format prescribed by the Committee on Honors and Interdisciplinary Programs.
  9. Acid-free Paper: The copies submitted to University Archives and to the department must be on white, 20 pound weight, 8-1/2 x 11 inch acid-free paper such as Permalife or Archival Bond 25. The paper must also meet all current Swem Library requirements for bound material. An erasable bond is not acceptable. Continuous feed computer paper must also be acid-free. Acid-free paper is available at an office supply store such as Kinko's or Staples.
  10. Submit final copy to Swem Library: Follow the Swem Library Guidelines for submitting a final copy to their archives. Make a second copy to submit to the archives of the Department of Classical Studies.