“I loved completing my honors thesis.  It enabled me to develop my own unique project, and it showed me that I have what it takes to pursue a Ph.D. in English in the future.”

                                    - Kristin Sargent ‘02

English majors who wish to explore a topic in depth or produce a body of creative work are encouraged to strive for a degree with honors.  In order to qualify, a student must attain a 3.5 grade point average in courses presented for the major and complete at least 44 credit hours of course work in English (beyond English 1 and 2).  In addition to other requirements for the major, a student who graduates with honors must complete:

One course in critical theory, chosen from the following:

  • English 309 (4 credits) Introduction to Recent Literary and Cultural Theory.


  • English 312 (4 credits) Studies in Literary and Cultural Theory.

A thesis, including both of the following:

  • English 307 Thesis Proposal (1 credit): Taken the semester before the thesis.  Under the guidance of a faculty advisor, the student writes a formal proposal and complies a bibliography.


  • English 308 Thesis (3 credits): A semester-long writing project directed by a faculty advisor.

To see examples of recent thesis projects, both critical and creative, follow the link to abstracts and excerpts.

2015 Honors Thesis Students

2014 Honors Thesis Students

2013 Honors Thesis Student


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