Thesis Track and Oral Exam Track Courses

HON 6000-001: Senior Thesis I

MADELINE REYNOLDS
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Honors Senior Thesis I is the first portion of a full academic year inquiry that capstones your Honors Degree. The purpose of this three credit course is to help you design, research, and write an excellent senior thesis.  The class meets at the start of the semester to begin this process and once per month to discuss your progress.  You will work closely with your Tutor (a University Professor within your research topic) and check in one on one with class members during student pair meetings. The first Friday in December, you will present your research thus far at our Honors Senior Thesis Research Conference. That following Monday, you are expected to submit your written work of the partial thesis thus far.

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HON 6002-001: Senior Thesis II

MADELINE REYNOLDS
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Honors Senior Thesis II is the second portion of a full academic year inquiry that capstones your Honors Degree. As Senior Thesis I aided in the design and research of your thesis topic, Senior Thesis II will assist in your continued research and now full writing of your final work. We will meet at the start of the semester to check in on this process and discuss your future progress, along with two additional meetings throughout this semester. You will continue to work closely with your Tutor (and Reader if applicable), as well as be paired in one on one meetings with fellow classmates. On the last Friday in April you will defend your thesis at our Honors Thesis Defense Day. Your final thesis paper is due two weeks after your defense (typically the last day of exams, the second Friday in May) in the appropriate electronic format. 

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HON 6003-001 One Credit Oral Exam Capstone

MADELINE REYNOLDS
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This one credit course serves as the capstone for Honors Degree students on the Oral Exam Track preparing those enrolled for their Oral Examination at the end of the semester  Students will complete a paper in which they reflect on their Honors experience inside and outside the classroom, the ways this experience has influenced their sense of vocation, and the ways it might be changed and improved. The paper is then used as the basis for an Oral Examination, conducted by the Director & Associate Director of the Honors Program. The Oral Exam will provide students the opportunity to engage in a conversation in which they reflect on and analyze the ideas and experiences articulated in the students’ written work. That is, the Oral Examination is a conversation about the themes and issues that students’ raise in their papers, allowing them to think back on their education and experiences in Honors and forward to their future. 

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