As an Honors student, you'll get to know your fellow students and professors at our monthly pizza suppers and on trips to local theatre and dance performances, the Louisville opera, and the National Collegiate Honors Council Conference, where more students from EKU present than from any other honors program or college in the nation. In EKU Honors, you'll make friends that last a lifetime.
Depending on your major and your academic and professional plans, your thesis may consist of a traditional research project, piece of scholarship, or a creative product. The exact requirements (such as format or page length) are set by departments and Honors advisors, but your thesis must include some written document that will be submitted in hard copy to the Honors Program.
The Honors College is a diverse community of undergraduates who want to gain the most from their educational experiences. Being an Honors student will push you further than you’ve ever gone before, putting all your skills and perseverance to the test. But the rewards are greater than you can imagine. Are you ready to accept the challenge?
The length and scope of Honors Thesis papers vary widely by discipline, but they share a common characteristic in seeking to explore ideas and problems in creative and original ways.
The thesis chair plays a crucial role in helping guide a student through the process of completing an Honors Thesis. This mentor should begin by helping the student define a solid topic for the project—in most cases, this involves the selection of a research question that is interesting and weighty but that can be grappled with in the time frame available.
It might. Some academic journals have policies against publishing previously printed or archived work. Consult your thesis advsior or the honors office if you have questions about this.
If you have questions about the thesis process, talk with your Honors advisor—they will have the most accurate information for your major. You can also contact , Assistant Director for Curriculum, Assessment, and Planning, or , STEM Scholar Advisor.
The Honors Program sponsors thesis-related workshops and writing retreats in the fall and spring semesters. See the and watch your email for upcoming events.
The hard copy of your thesis, along with a signed , must be no later than the last day of classes of the semester in which you will graduate. This is a final draft that has been approved by both your and your Honors advisor, so plan ahead for revisions and any earlier deadlines they may set.
Regardless of major area, an Honors Thesis involves choosing a question or an issue to explore more deeply. In many fields, this will be a research project with data collection. It might be a case study or an examination of primary documents/texts.
The success of a Writing Intensive Honors Thesis will depend far more on the teacher’s and student’s commitment than it will on following a rigid formula that may not conform to the conventions of each and every discipline. The following guidelines adapt MU’s longstanding Guidelines for Writing Intensive Courses to the WI Honors Thesis option. These guidelines give faculty a picture of the sort of educational experience the Board envisages. Alternative means to the same end will be considered.
The best mentors are typically professors that the student has had a course with in his/her major, and who explored topics of interest to the student. Students can ask professors directly or go through an honors administrator to assist in the process of acquiring a thesis chair.
For the WI designation, the Board will consider 3.0-hour Honors Theses that take a two-pronged approach to learning: (1) the student’s providing drafts of sections of the thesis, and (2) the professors’ guiding the improvement of the student’s performance by giving feedback and requiring revision.
An Honors Thesis allows students to explore their aptitude for research within a more extended and individualized framework than that afforded by courses.