(A full list of completed 2014 Honors theses can be found here.)

During the senior year students may write an Honors thesis or complete an equivalent Honors project. The precise form of the Honors Thesis will vary depending on the studentís major field. (Students in the School of Business have the option of undertaking a special honors project; see the School of Business undergraduate handbook for specific details.) To be eligible to write an honors thesis, a student must have an overall cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher, and a GPA of 3.5 or higher in the major or majors for which the thesis is to be written.
(Click here for a list of honors thesis FAQs.)

(Click here for a list of honors thesis FAQs for faculty members.)

Note that students typically will not be allowed to register for the honors thesis in their third year of undergraduate study, regardless of whether or not they have sufficient credit hours to qualify for ďsenior standing.Ē Exceptions to this rule may be granted by way of a petition to the Director of the Honors Program in cases where students can demonstrate sufficient academic training, or some other compelling academic rationale, for undertaking the thesis project in the third year. Each petition must be accompanied by a letter of support from a faculty member who has agreed to direct the honors thesis.

As the culminating achievement of the scholarís undergraduate career, this thesis or project involves substantial independent research and study under the direction of a professor in the scholarís major department. The honors thesis should demonstrate the studentís capacity for quality research and should give evidence of mastery of the material in a field. Topics should be framed in terms of a question to be asked, a problem to be explored, or a hypothesis to be tested. The thesis should show comprehensive awareness of what scholars or relevant experts are saying and have said about a subject.

Topics for honors theses generally develop out of ongoing relationships with faculty mentors. Students normally begin preliminary exploration of the thesis topic in discussion with one or more potential faculty advisors during the spring of the junior year. Students in the humanities, in particular, are encouraged to take the Honors Thesis Boot Camp course during the spring of the junior year to facilitate this process. Please note that if you intend to write a thesis in the laboratory sciences, you must develop a relationship with a faculty member in whose lab you intend to do your research, and normally begin working in the lab during the junior year, if not earlier. Also note that if you intend to write a thesis in the performing or visual arts that it is expected that the thesis will also contain a significant written component.

All honors theses must be two semester projects.

A studentís Honors Thesis committee consists of three faculty members: a 1st reader/director, a 2nd reader, and a 3rd reader. The 1st and 2nd readers should come from the studentís major department. The 3rd reader, who represents the Honors Program, must come from outside the major department. Readers for Honors Theses must normally be full-time faculty rather than adjuncts or visitors, although exceptions may be made by the Director in particular circumstances. Students must sign up for their thesis in the home department each of the two semesters necessary for completion. All students must defend their thesis before their committees in an oral defense. The final copy of the thesis is due in the Honors Program office around ten days before Commencement.

A student who wishes to write a thesis for honors in two majors must have a 1st reader from one of the major departments, a 2nd reader from the second major department, and a 3rd reader from neither major department. The student registers for the Honors Thesis in one major department in the first semester, and the second major department in the second semester.

While the Thesis Committees have the responsibility of judging whether the studentís work meets the standards and expectations of the particular major or majors, the Honors Program also exercises oversight over the thesis project, in particular through a series of required forms:

  • Thesis Prospectus, due at the beginning of the fall semester.

  • First Progress Report, due around the middle of the fall semester.

  • Second Progress Report, due in late January.

  • Honors Thesis Oral Defense report, due after successful completion of the oral defense

A schedule of specific dates and deadlines is distributed each year, and is posted below.

2011 Thesis Bootcamp Syllabus    
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Honors Thesis First Progress Form    
Due in the Honors Program Office Monday, November 10, 2014
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Honors Thesis Guidelines 2015-16    
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Honors Thesis Oral Defense Form    
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Honors Thesis Prospectus Form    
Due in the Honors Program Office September 7, 2015
Click here to download

Honors Thesis Second Progress Form    
Due in the Honors Program Office Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Click here to download

Honors Thesis Style Guide    
Thesis style guide with sample title pages and abstracts
Click here to download


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Multi-Surface, Collective Purpose    
Madison Baker

Experimenting with Tradition    
Jack Waterman

School of Business
Private Equity Takes Itself Public: A Long-Term Analysis of Value    
Caitlin Ryan

Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code: An Analysis of the Law and its Efficacy as Modern Corporate Recovery Mechanism    
Hayley Tilton

School of Liberal Arts
Authorship Analysis: Investigating Codeswitching in Arabic Blogs    
Skye Anderson

The Effect of Fear on Advertising for Charitable Donations    
Mallory Avery

The Fighting Discourse of the Belo Monte Dam in Belo Monte: An Announcement of War    
Meredith Cherney

Blurred Lines: The Question of Caravaggioís Sexuality    
Zachary Chizmar

Giving Them a Voice: A Study of Hispanic Immigrant Women and ESL in New Orleans    
Taylor Crosby

The Garrett Site and the Mobility of Early Native Americans in Louisiana    
Benjamin Davis

Setting the Stage for Women in Performance: A Look at Mrs. Mary Knight    
Laura Decuir

Framing Women in the Zapatista Army of National Liberation    
Amelia Esenstad

The Limits of Rationalities: Between Habermas and Winch    
Michael Glass

Playing to Win: The World Cup, The Olympic Games and the Quest for Equal Citizenship in Brazil    
Robin Goode

Dark Energy: A Dance for Camera Film Exploring the Creative Processes in Choreography and Science    
Emily Goodman

Ancient Graffiti and Domestic Space in the Insula of the Menander at Pompeii    
Julia Judge

In Pursuit of Kyusus and the Mingei Movement    
Benjamin Kim

Science Fantasies: Chinaís View of Its Future as Seen Through the Countryís Most Popular Sci-Fi Novel    
Stacy Krost

Feminism in Maoís China: Rural and Urban Conceptions of Gender, 1949-1976    
Lauren Kwiatkowski

Variability in the Influence of Amicus Curiae Briefs on U.S. Supreme Court Decision-Making    
Patrick Lorio

The Use of Language in Cajun Music    
Josh McNeil

The Use of Latin American Literature to Promote Social Change    
Jocelyn Sausner

Going Greek: Modernizing Greek Plays and Sarah Ruhlís Eurydice    
Sarah Schultz

Their Own Worlds: Spirituality and World-Building in the Radical Faeries, Reclaiming and The Michigan Womynís Music Festival    
Caitlin Truitt

Balancing Acts Revisited: Work-Family Issues on Prime-Time TV    
Kelly Walton

The Rhythm of Culture: Music as a Means of Assimilation and Integration in the Austro-Germanic Region    
Sarah Weinberg

Problems of the Music Language Comparison: A Critical Analysis of the Way in Which Music is Compared to Language in Cognitive Neuroscience    
Jenna Winston

School of Science and Engineering
Present-Mindedness or Thought Suppression: The Effects on Performance After Failure    
Erin Albert

Bridging the Gap Between Preference and Choice: Using Pedigree Data to Understand Mating Behavior in a Polymorphic Frog    
Julia Berkey

The Role of RNA/DNA Hybrid Formation and Resolution in a Friedreichís Ataxia Model    
Alexander Cammack

Probing the Hofmeister Effect by Virtue of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance    
Ryan Carnegie

How do Mockingbird Populations and Behavior Vary in Relation to Urban Microenvironments in New Orleans    
Nathan Frumkin

Differentiation and Proliferation Characterization of Senescent Mesnechymal Stem Cells    
Andrew Gaynor

Effects of Chronic Activation of GPR30, a Membrane-Bound Estrogen Receptor, on Memory in a Mouse Model    
Caroline Germany

Current Use of Biologics Intraoperatively: Bone Morphogenetic Proteins, their Efficacy and Applications    
Barrett Hawkins

A Statistical Analysis of the Condition of the General Collections at Howard-Tilton Memorial Library    
Zhichan Huang

A Study of Dendronized Polymers: The Synthesis and Physical Properties of Polyester Dendrons Grafted to a Polyacrylamide Backbone    
Joanna Lapucha

Nuclear and Cytosolic Hippocampal Estrogen Receptor Alpha Localization in Ovariectomized Rats Exposed to Estradiol in Middle Age    
Rachel Springer

School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
A Review of Workplace Wellness Programs and the Implications for Obesity Reduction    
Monika Cohen


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