Every major department has developed its own distinction plan. The timing and admission criteria, procedure, and completion requirements differ by department. Acceptance into a major's distinction plan is not automatic. Requirements might include courses in research and methodologies, interdisciplinary courses, or a larger percentage of upper level course work. In all cases, distinction also requires some kind of culminating project or thesis. While the thesis is governed by your major and requires an advisor from your major*, the Honors Program requires that you submit proposal and verification forms confirming your progress. Honors students are also expected to present their work at the Spring Symposium and to provide the Honors Program with a spiral bound copy of the thesis. To learn about the requirements for distinction in the major, please contact your major department. If you would like to complete a thesis or project based on work outside your major department, you and your advisor should read the guidelines for such projects.
*If you are in a program in which you design your own major, you must work with the advisor for that major (e.g., in AHSS Assistant Dean for Curriculum and Advising Sidra Smith Wahaltere, or in NSM Professor Robert Dores in Biology) to develop a distinction plan that must be reviewed by the Honors Council.