Eligibility for Honors Program:
At the end of the first semester of a student's junior year, students with an English/English-Adolescence Education GPA of 3.7 or higher will automatically be invited to enter the Honors Program (which means an invitation to write a thesis proposal, name a committee of at least two faculty members, and seek approval for the proposal from the committee). Students not achieving a 3.7 GPA may petition to enter the Honors Program; petitions articulating why the student should be admitted to the program will go to the Scholarly Activities Committee. Students should support their petition with the following evidence:
Department of English faculty may also nominate students to the Honors Program. Nominating faculty should provide a letter of recommendation and a writing sample by the student to the Scholarly Activities Committee for consideration.
The department believes that students will be most likely to succeed if they follow the timetable below. Submissions that do not meet the following schedules must be approved by the thesis committee and the Scholarly Activities committee.
Notes: Any full-time department faculty member may supervise an Honors thesis. Any department faculty member may serve on an Honors thesis committee, and up to one committee member may be named from outside the department. A thesis may be creative, pedagogical or analytical; appropriate criteria will be established by the thesis committee in keeping with established departmental criteria. HN 400 may be counted as an elective within the major or outside the major, determined by the student in consultation with his/her departmental advisor.