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Doing a senior Honors project may be one of the most intellectually rewarding experiences of your college career. Students conducting Honors projects engage in in-depth, independent research on a topic of their own choosing under the guidance of a faculty advisor. They then share their work in the form of an Honors thesis and oral defense.


There are two grade requirements for students considering an honors project:

  • You must have at least a 3.4 grade point average (GPA) in your major.
  • You must also have a minimum 3.0 cumulative overall GPA or at least a 3.0 GPA for your junior year alone.
Application Process

Submit a project proposal to the program by the last day of classes in the semester before you plan to start your project. (This usually means the second semester of your junior year.) A project proposal consists of:

  • A clear statement of the problem to be researched;
  • A brief, critical review of scholarly literature on the research topic;
  • A description of the methodology to be employed;
  • An approximate schedule of work;
  • Application for Admission to Honors form (pdf)

Submit the signed application form to the Charles Center no later than the end of Add/Drop in the semester the project begins. (This is usually the first semester of your senior year.) The Charles Center will then verify your GPA and, assuming you meet the requirements, register you for Honors 495/496.

After your project is approved, all questions regarding honors should be directed to the Charles Center.