Process and Requirements

Only University Honors student with junior or senior standing may qualify for an Honors Interdisciplinary Thesis.

To apply, students must submit a proposal for approval to the University Honors Program (see details below). HIT information sessions/proposals drafting workshops will be available to assist students in submitting proposals. Students seeking to undertake an HIT are also strongly encouraged to make an appointment with their Honors academic advisor.

Once submitted, all HIT proposals are reviewed by an ad-hoc Honors Interdisciplinary Thesis Committee chaired by the Director of the University Honors Program. The committee includes faculty representatives from several colleges, as well as other disciplinary experts as needed.

If the proposal is approved, students must register for HONR 4997 in order to receive credit for their work. HONR 4997 will count as four-credits (or as one Honors course) towards the University Honors Program Distinction.

During both the HIT proposal and writing stage, each student must work closely with one or more faculty advisors (see below), whose support is necessary to secure approval of the HIT proposal and final thesis.

Upon completion of their HITs, students are expected to showcase their work at the Annual Honors Research Evening and at RISE. They are also encouraged to present at additional professional and academic venues appropriate to their HIT subject(s) matter.