English Honors Program
The honors program is open to qualified seniors and involves special study and the writing of a substantial paper. One initiates an honors project with a faculty adviser. Usually, students choose to pursue a topic or area in which they have become interested as a result of their regular course work or previous independent study. Honors students are expected to participate in the program during their entire senior year; to enroll in English 490, Seminar in Literary Interpretation (fall semester); and to enroll for up to 8 hours of English 495: Honors Thesis. Upon completion of all honors work, each participant receives a letter grade as well as a designation of Highest Honors, High Honors, Honors, or No Honors. The awarding of honors and the degree of honors attained is based upon a consideration of the quality of the student's honors project, performance as an English major, and overall academic record. If you are interested and believe you are qualified, you should consult during your junior year with your adviser or with one of your instructors about the possibility of participating in the honors program.
Honors Program Requirements
- enroll in Seminar in Literary Interpretation (English 490) during fall semester, senior year
- write an honors paper
- take a final oral examination
The student's committee for the paper and the oral examination is made up of the faculty director of the project, a second departmental reader, and a faculty member from outside the department. The committee, chaired by the project director, makes the final determination of honors.
Students persuing a joint degree must fulfill the honors requirements of one of the two departments involved. For the Joint Major in History and English, there must be at least one faculty member from each department on the final committee.