Honors Thesis

General Honor’s Thesis Criteria for the Department of Spanish (DoS)


  • Student must meet the Honor’s Program, and the DoS GPA requirement of 3.5
  • Student approaches advisor with intent of writing an Honor’s thesis preferably by May of junior year.  In turn, a faculty member may identify and propose a candidate for Honor’s during the fall of senior year.
  • Student presents to chosen advisor a writing sample in Spanish in the form of previous work, demonstrating grammar and syntactic precision for evaluation.
  • Advisor must review DoS established due dates and Honor’s calendar with student before proceeding with approval.
  • Advisor and student must keep accurate documentation of agreements.
  • All students must meet due dates established by the DoS in order to proceed with honor’s nomination.


DoS Preliminary steps for Honor’s Thesis procedures

  • Students will express intent in May by submitting a one page abstract to the advisor.
  • In September student submits a three to four page prospectus, which includes an annotated bibliography of at least five sources, one of which must be a book.
  • The department faculty reviews prospectus and approves or disapproves of student’s Honor’s intent.
  • First week of December student submits at least two chapters of substantial content to the department faculty. The DoS faculty reads submitted chapters and jointly approves or disapproves student continuing with the Honor’s process by the end of exam week.
  • If student’s project is approved, in January, during the first week of classes, before the Honor’s committee nomination due date, student presents project orally in front of department faculty.
  • If student’s oral presentation is approved, student and advisor proceed with the College Honor’s nomination.


DoS Honor’s expectations for a Spanish Major

  • Type of projects may include but are not limited to literary and cultural studies analysis, creative and translation projects, among others that may be supported by the faculty.
  • Student pursuing an Honor’s thesis must demonstrate self-motivation, independence, commitment to project.
  • The thesis project is written with methodological rigor and creativity, and demonstrates breadth and depth of research.
  • During the defense the student demonstrates facility of expression, clarity when articulating abstract concepts and depth of thought.


General Honor’s Thesis Criteria for the Department of Spanish (DoS)

                An Honor’s thesis in Spanish is a great accomplishment for the students as it demonstrates language acquisition, intellectual maturity, and critical thinking prowess.  Students who pursue an Honor’s thesis work closely with a chosen advisor and have the full support of all Spanish faculty members.  If interested in doing an Honor’s thesis during the senior year students must approach their chosen advisor no later than May of their junior year.  Under special circumstances an advisor may propose a student to the faculty for Honor’s during fall of the student’s senior year, after consulting with said student.  Students interested in Honor’s must demonstrate precision in grammar and syntactic use by presenting a chosen writing sample for evaluation to their advisors.  Before an advisor and a student agree on an Honor’s thesis they must review the Honor’s calendar as well as the Department of Spanish’s due dates.  As a means to further develop students’ professional profile in the chosen field, both students and advisors must keep accurate documentation of all agreements.


Department of Spanish preliminary steps for Honor’s thesis procedures

                The following steps have been devised in order to support the student every step of the way.  An Honor’s student in Spanish meets both the writing and oral challenges of an Honor’s thesis in a language not originally their own, therefore in order to ensure the student’s success, the faculty intermittently provides feedback up to the nomination due date.  For this reason students interested in doing an Honor’s thesis during their senior year must identify an advisor from the core faculty members (i.e. not a visiting professor).  The student presents a writing sample and a one-page abstract to the advisor no later than May (see above for special circumstances).  Upon agreement of thesis topic student spends the summer preparing a three to four page prospectus that is submitted to all faculty members in early September.  The faculty as a whole, upon reviewing the prospectus, approves or disapproves the student’s Honor’s intent.  Students who proceed with Honor’s turn in to the department faculty at least two chapters of substantial content by first week of December.  The faculty as a whole reviews the chapters and approves or disapproves the continuation of the Honor’s process.   The student is advised of the faculty’s decision by the end of exam week.  Once the student’s work is approved, the student proceeds to prepare an oral presentation in Spanish of the project to be presented to the Spanish faculty during the first week of Winter Semester, before the Honor’s committee nomination due date.  Once the oral presentation is approved student and advisor proceed with the nomination.  This ensures that the student is groomed well in advance the thesis defense component of Honor’s thesis, which takes place in Spanish.


Department of Spanish Honor’s expectations for a Spanish Major

                The Department of Spanish promotes students’ independent interests and individual development by considering projects that range from literary and cultural studies analysis to creative and translation projects or others that fall within the support of the faculty.  The students and their advisors decide jointly on the type of project to be developed, and its feasibility as an Honor’s project.  In all circumstances the students must demonstrate self-motivation, independence and full commitment to the project.  In the writing and presentation components of the thesis, students demonstrate methodological rigor, creativity, breadth and depth of research.