HONORS REQUIREMENTS:

  • To qualify for honors in religion, a student must have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or better and an average of 3.4 or better in the major.
  • In order to graduate with honors, a student must complete a research thesis.
  • Qualified students should apply to the Department Chair by March of their junior year.
  • Those whose candidacy is accepted, will consult with the Department Chair at which time an advisor will be selected who will guide the student relative to the selection of an appropriate subject for research.
  • Having undertaken the thesis project, the student will be given three credits per term.  The steps in the honors thesis process are as follows:
  1. By April of his/her junior year, the student applies for honors, submits a general proposal for the thesis, and is notified of departmental approval by the end of the spring semester.

  2. A progress report should be submitted to the advisor by the middle of the fall semester of the senior year.

  3. By the end of the fall semester, the student must have submitted a detailed chapter-by-chapter proposal or description of the thesis.

  4. During the first week of the second semester, a departmental conference is held with the faculty and honors student to give feedback on the thesis progress.

  5. The first draft of the thesis is due Monday following spring break.  The final draft of the thesis is due during the first week of April.

  6. The departmental oral defense will be scheduled for the second week of April so that the level of honors can be communicated to the Dean's office by April 15.

  7. Completed work will be due one week before final exams.