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Important Dates

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

  • Prospectus: A full statement of the topic for the thesis, with an attached 3-5 page discussion of relevant research in the area, the scope and/or methods, and the importance of the project. It should have first and second reader signatures for approval.
  • First Chapter and Progress Report: A draft of a chapter or equivalent portion of the thesis (10-15 pages). It should have first, second, and third reader signatures for approval.
  • Second Progress Report: At this point, one third of the thesis should be submitted to their readers, and this form should be completed by to signify their approval of the work in progress. It should have first, second, and third reader signatures for approval.
  • Oral Examination Form: A document signed by the first, second, and third readers recognizing successful completion of the Oral Defense and indicating any revisions that must be made before final submission of the Honors Thesis. 
  • Honors Thesis 



Prospectus: Friday, September 4, 2020

First Chapter and Progress Report: Thursday, November 12, 2020 (deadline extended from November 6 due to Hurricane Zeta)

Second Progress Report: Monday, January 25, 2021

Oral Defense: Friday, April 23, 2021

Honors Thesis submitted: Tuesday, May 4, 2021


Prospectus: Monday, February 1, 2021

First Chapter and Progress Report: Monday, April 12, 2021

Second Progress Report: Friday, September 3, 2021

Oral Defense: Friday, November 19, 2021

Honors Thesis submitted: Friday, December 3, 2021

Beyond this schedule, it is the responsibility of the student to keep in touch with readers and present them with work-in-progress in a timely fashion. Students are strongly urged to arrange with their thesis advisor a regular schedule of meetings, submission of work-in-progress, and the expected date for the submission of the near final copy of the thesis. This helps ensure the continued progress of the research and prevents misunderstandings about the scope and direction of the study.  It is recommended that students discuss with all readers the criteria that will be used to evaluate interim papers and the completed thesis.

*All due dates are subject to change given the status of COVID-19 on campus and in New Orleans. Thesis writers and committee members will be notified if such changes take place.