Honors in Major
The Honors-in-English program is one in which distinguished English Department majors complete an ambitious set of classes and projects. If you complete the requirements, you can graduate "With Honors." You do not have to be enrolled in the University Honors Program (a 32-credit program) to undertake the Honors-in-English Program (a 16-credit program). All University Honors Program English Department majors must, however, complete the 16 credit Honors-in-English program as part of their overall University Honors requirements.
The Honors-in-English program provides students the opportunity to undertake exciting and original projects, take at least one small class, and work closely with one or more departmental faculty members. It can provide excellent training for graduate work.
Please consult the Honors in Major Brochure and Honors in Major Director before embarking on your Honors program experience.
Honors in Major Director: Prof. Delia Konzett
Requirements for Honors-in-English program
1. Students must achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.40 to graduate with a University Honors designation, and have an in-major grade point average of 3.50 or higher.
2. Two 700-level courses for Honors credit, usually in the junior year. Forms for designating courses “honors” must be picked up, signed by your instructor(s), the English Honors in Major Director, and submitted to the Registrar’s Office by the last day to add courses.
I think I've done a higher level of work and met like-minded students. The thesis was a wonderful chance to explore my talents, and my participation in the program will be helpful if I later decide to pursue graduate study. --an English major
3. The English Major Seminar, English 787. The seminar is a small, research-oriented course. Topics and professors vary by semester. This class requires permission of the instructor for preregistration (note details in course description) and is usually taken in the semester before the thesis is to be written.
4. The Honors Thesis (Senior Honors), ENGL 788. The thesis is a 30 to 50-page project requiring substantial research, fieldwork, or artistic revision. A thesis advisor chosen by the student oversees it. During the pre-registration process, the student will submit a thesis proposal (a typed one to two-page description of project and short bibliography) that has been approved by the thesis advisor and the English Honors in Major Director. (Please see Honors in the English Major Handbook for details.) A permission slip from the English Honors Director is also required. The student will present the thesis at the Honors English Undergraduate Research Conference in the spring semester (usually held in late April). Note: ENGL 788 is a 4-credit course that fulfills the Capstone requirement and does not count as one of the English Major requirements. It must be taken in addition to all major courses. It is usually taken in a student’s last semester, although the topic and advisor should be arranged for as early as possible.
For more detailed information, please follow the links below or contact Prof. Delia Konzett, coordinator of the program. Students should meet with Prof. Konzett during the registration period to make sure they are satisfying all requirements.