To apply for Honors in Independent Study, a student must send to the Committee on Honors a statement of his/her intentions to submit a project in candidacy for honors (Statement of Intent Form.) This statement includes student contact information, the topic of independent study, the term in which the student intends to defend, and the name, department and signature of the faculty advisor. The final date for receipt of such statements of intent is the Friday of the first week of classes in each term (Schedule of Deadlines.) No project will be considered for honors unless the committee has received such a statement of intent; however, statements do not obligate students to submit projects.
Sufficient copies of the completed project, usually four, one for each member of the examining committee including the Committee on Honors representative, are to be submitted to the Committee on Honors at a place and by a date and hour designated each year (Schedule of Deadlines.) Students who find themselves unable to meet this deadline may petition the Committee on Honors for extensions, but they must do so well in advance of the deadline. The committee usually approves such petitions only when circumstances beyond the candidate’s control have arisen.
At this point, the honors thesis advisor, in consultation with the student, chooses voting members of the examining committee and arranges for an oral examination (Oral Examination Guidelines.) After the examination both the project advisor and the Honors Committee representative deliver reports on the exam to the Committee on Honors prior to its last meeting.
The Committee on Honors meets to review the reports and determine levels of Honors to recommend to the full faculty for a vote.
Although the Committee on Honors tries to keep its procedures as simple as possible, the extreme diversity of projects submitted for honors makes necessary certain clarifications and interpretations of the basic guidelines. For more information concerning special types of projects and further details about the committee’s procedures, email Antoinette Powell, Chair, Committee on Honors.