Guidelines for Honors Theses in European Studies

European Studies encourages superior students who wish to pursue in-depth independent research to write an honors thesis during their senior year. In order to propose and successfully complete an honors thesis, students must conform to the following guidelines:

  • Students eligible for honors work must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and a GPA of 3.3 in the European Studies major.
  • Students must submit a one-page proposal, double-spaced, describing their project to their advisor, as well as to the Director of European Studies. The proposal should outline the questions that the student will address, as well as the methods the student will employ. The proposal will include a provisional bibliography of approximately one page, single-spaced, that identifies sources to be consulted. The proposed thesis topic must be approved by the European Studies director in consultation with the European Studies faculty group, as well as by the thesis director chosen by the student.
  • In order to be considered for funding from the Charles Center, students are strongly encouraged to submit their proposals in the spring semester of the student’s junior year, two weeks before the beginning of online registration for the fall semester. If students are studying abroad or experience other circumstances that prevent them from meeting this deadline, they may submit the materials up until the time of fall registration of their senior year.
  • Honors thesis will be approximately 50 to 75 pages long, exclusive of bibliography and appendices.
  • The student will defend the honors thesis before a committee of three persons (not all from the same department), one of whom must be from the European Studies core faculty group.
  •  Because a richly-informed understanding of European culture and society is a central goal of honors theses, whenever possible, honors theses in European Studies will include sources written in the appropriate European languages other than English.  Evaluation of the thesis will take this into account.
  • Honors can be awarded at three levels: honors, high honors, and highest honors.