Honors Thesis Projects in Falk College

Planning Your Thesis

There are many good resources that will help you start planning your Thesis project:

  • Browse and search our Thesis archives on the SURFACE Thesis database, talk to faculty from a class that interested you.
  • In the first week of your Junior year, you will be required to attend a Thesis planning assembly,
  • Optionally, you can enroll in HNR 309 planning seminar, which are also designed to help you get started
  • If you are a Sport Management (SPM) major, you will spend spring semester of your senior year in an internship, so you need to complete your Thesis, and present it, by December of your senior year. You will want to follow our alternative December timeline for Thesis projects.
  • If you are a Food Studies major, you should take FST 485 “Research Experience in Food Studies” in your junior year. The result of this course will be a fully researched seminar paper. This paper will serve as the basis of your Thesis; it will be combined with substantial additional work (1-3 more chapters) for the Honors Thesis in Food Studies.
  • Public Health Majors - Honors Thesis options for Public Health majors are here in this linked document.

Submit Your Proposal

Refer to our Thesis Proposal Guidelines for details on what our expectations are for your proposal document, and then submit the standard Thesis Proposal Form.

Remember that you don’t need a fully detailed plan for the entire project. Your proposal should be a clear exposition of your project idea, and represent your best current understanding of what the project involves. We know, and so should you, that the project will evolve as it progresses.

Your Advisor will help you refine your topic as you work on the project – narrowing or expanding as necessary.

Submit your proposal here. 

Need Funding?

Honors has several awards to support Thesis Projects. We fund approximately 20 projects annually, up to $5,000 per project.

Read more about Thesis project funding here.

Update Your Project Progress

Continue working on the project through the spring semester, meeting every few weeks with your Advisor. Submit a Thesis Update Form – due the first week in April. The Update asks for information on your progress: an initial bibliography, a brief explanation of your methodology, and a fleshed out timeline.

This helps assure that you, your Advisor, and the Honors Program are all “on the same page” about your progress and the timeline for your future work.

Submit your update here.

499 Course Registration

If you are in Food Studies, you will enroll in 1-3 credits of FST 499 for the additional work of completing the Thesis project, typically in spring of the senior year. Sport Management majors register for SPM 499 in April of your junior year.  All other Falk majors will enroll in their departmental prefix 499 (e.g. SWK 499 or other)

See an overview of the 499 Registration process and register. 


Find Your Reader

Your Honors Reader is usually a faculty member in your major or a thematically related field. Make sure you ask, in person, if someone will serve as your reader. It can be any faculty member; it does not need to be one "officially" affiliated with Honor, and it does not have to be someone in your major.

How to Find A Thesis Reader. 


Submit a draft of one chapter/section

In the first week of November, you will email one chapter / section of a draft of your final Thesis to your advisor and your Thesis Coordinator.


Submit Written Thesis for Editor Review

About a week prior to the final turn-in of your Thesis, you will be required to submit your finished Thesis to Honors for our editing process.  One of our editors will review your Thesis one for writing quality (grammar, structure, flow) and will either approve your Thesis for turn-in, or they will flag your Thesis for further editing.

This process gives you the opportunity to learn the importance of final editing and polishing your Thesis before you turn it in for its final submission.

Turn-In and Present Your Thesis

To review turn-in day information (deadlines, full instructions) head here.

To review details regarding presentation day, look here.

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