Thesis Requirements

Junior Year

In December, juniors chair the thesis presentations at the Senior Thesis Research Conference.  Responsibilities include announcing, and preparing questions for, at least one thesis presentation.  Juniors planning to write a thesis are required to attend the entire conference.

Students must register for HON 6000: Senior Thesis I, for the Fall Semester of their senior year. Students must select a general area of research and a Tutor by the end of the Spring Semester.  Ordinarily, students should select their Tutors from among Villanova faculty members who possess expertise in the chosen topic area. 

Before the end of the semester, students should meet with their Tutors to begin discussing possible topics and to generate summer reading lists. Students also are encouraged to review model theses from past years in the Falvey Library collection.

At the end of the semester, junior thesis students must attend at least three senior thesis defenses.

Summer before Senior Year

Rising seniors may extend their Falvey Library borrowing privileges over the summer.  Students are required to be in touch with their Tutors (via e-mail) as they begin developing their thesis topics.

Senior Year

Fall Semester

Senior thesis writers must register for HON 6000: Senior Thesis I, and must complete course assignments and meet Thesis deadlines.

Fall Semester deadlines include, but are not limited to:

  • Tutor and Reader identified by Week 4       
  • Thesis contract due in Week 4
  • Thesis topic due in Week 5
  • Bibliography/literature review due in Week 6
  • Brief Thesis outline and research design due in Week 7.
  • Abstracts and expanded proposal due by the end of November
  • Participation in Senior Thesis Research Conference in December

Spring Semester

Senior Thesis writers must register for HON 6002: Senior Thesis II, and must meet Thesis deadlines.

 Spring Semester deadlines include, but are not limited to:

  • First Draft due to Tutor, Reader, and Honors Office in Week 10
  • These Defense in Weeks 13-14
  • Final Drafts due in the Honors Office during Final Examinations

Digital Thesis Archives

To view previous senior theses in their entirety, please browse the Falvey Library Digital Archives.

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