Sophomore year:

Ensure that, by year’s end, you will have taken at least three core courses plus at least one distribution requirement. If you plan to study abroad, shape your course selections accordingly (see section on Studying Abroad). At the end of the year, begin assembling your materials for application to the Honors Program.

Junior Year Fall semester:

By the end of this semester, you should have completed the four core courses AND two or more of the distribution requirements.

Students submit an Honors Application Form and Writing Sample to Mary Mezzano, the Undergraduate Administrator in the English department.

Students will usually be notified before Spring registration begins in mid-November whether they have been accepted into the Honors program. You will be able to select your spring Junior year courses accordingly.

Junior Year Spring semester:

Students will ideally be taking a Senior seminar. The Critical Methods and Theories course is also recommended before the Honors year. Students admitted to Honors will need to earn an A/A- in their Senior seminar to remain in the program.

Toward the end of the Spring semester of their junior year (usually in late April), students submit anHonors Thesis Proposal to Mary Mezzano in the English Department. Note: your thesis topic may well change direction over the summer, between your junior and senior years—but you must submit a plausible proposal for a thesis by the spring Junior year deadline.

Senior Year Fall semester:

Students attend the Senior Honors Colloquium in both the Fall and Spring semesters of their senior year, and work closely with their faculty advisor on their thesis research and the writing process. The Honors Colloquium—the course in which all Honors students meet together—is an intensive experience; students should expect to work both independently and in groups.

Students also register for the Senior Honors Thesis. You may register for this course in either semester—this reflects your ongoing yearlong work with your advisor, but credit is officially given in only one semester.

Students may wish to register for an additional, optional Senior Seminar in the Fall semester if a course is being offered in their area of thesis research.

Senior YearSpring semester:

Students continue working closely with their advisor and the Senior Honors Colloquium as they draft their thesis. The final version of the Honors Thesis is due in March, either right before or soon after Spring Break; a brief 250-300-word abstract of your Thesis is also due at the same time.

In late April, the English Department Honors Program sponsors The Honors Thesis Jamboree/Honors Thesis Defense, in which students make short presentations about their Thesis topics to faculty, fellow students, and interested members of the community and participate in a focused Q&A. Participation in the Jamboree is the final crucial element of the Honors Program.

Accelerated Experience:

Students who plan to graduate in three, not four, years, will have an accelerated experience and should apply to the Honors Program as follows: in the Fall of your Sophomore year, submit your application and supporting materials by the deadline, just as if you were a Junior; if accepted, you will follow the Honors track as a fully participating student, observing the same deadlines and fulfilling the same course requirements as the Juniors on the standard track. In your third and final year, you will be treated as an Honors Senior—taking the same Honors Thesis courses and writing your thesis in your final year.