How Senior Honors Projects Work
Several options are available for students to design an honors project that matches their particular interests and abilities. An eligible students may choose to research a topic and write a thesis, design a program of readings leading to a comprehensive examination, or a combination of a research paper and a written examination.
Students interested in writing for Honors should begin discussing their ideas with faculty members during the fall and winter of their junior year. The faculty member may have suggestions for how to develop the ideas, or they may suggest a different member of the faculty who would be a more appropriate advisor for proposed project.
For admission to the program, the student must secure the agreement of a principal advisor and submit a formal proposal to the Chair of the Classics Department by May 1 of the Junior year. The proposal must then be approved by a vote of the Classics Department, after which the student will be permitted to register for CLST 85, GRK 85, or LAT 85 as appropriate to the project. The department will assign a second reader, who functions as an external examiner in the final stages of the project.
The principal adviser will approve a reading list for the student and check his or her progress at regular intervals during the year in order to assure adequate progress towards completion. At the end of the Fall term, the advisor will report to the Classics department on the student's progress. Only if the report is satisfactory will the student will be permitted to register for the second term of honors work (CLST 87 or GRK 87 or LAT 87).
Only those students who complete an Honors program with a B+ average or better will earn Honors in their major or, in appropriate cases, High Honors. High Honors will be granted only by vote of the Department on the basis of outstanding independent work.