Proposal Guidelines

Below is a guide detailing the expectations for your Thesis proposal.  Please follow the outline below when writing your proposal. Be concise, while including all relevant information. The expected length is two to four pages (longer if you include appendices, drawings, etc.), double-spaced. When you are ready to submit your proposal document, head over to our proposal submittal form.


I.Working title of your project



In a paragraph or two, describe your primary research questions and their purpose.

III.Background and Context

In a paragraph or two, describe what led you to your primary research questions and their purpose. Why is your question important, and where does it fit into the existing field? This is a place to talk about how preexisting scholarship or professional/creative work addresses—or should better address—your subject.


Include a list of scholarly materials, organizations, people, or other resources you have or will consult.

V.Time Line

Present a schedule of the work to be completed, with start and finish dates. Include all Thesis, revising, and advising deadlines, as well as any relevant performance and/or exhibition dates (these may be tentative). Be sure to take into account time spent for study abroad and internships. More detail here will help you stay on course.

Please Note:

Supporting graduate or advanced upper-division coursework: we strongly recommend you select appropriate graduate or upper-division courses in your major that will support your Thesis Project; graduate courses in particular can guide you through much of your research. Work with your Thesis Advisor to select appropriate courses.

If you would like assistance in completing this document, or would like guidance in thinking more broadly about your Thesis Project, your Honors Thesis Coordinator is available to help you. Call 443-2759 or email your thesis coordinator to make an appointment.