"Above  all, choose a topic you care about and that excites you. Do something you love; Something that you can talk about all day and never get tired of."

Andrew Hanrahan


"It's okay to be unsure when you start the thesis process! Lean into it; I promise all the frustration and confusion will make your topic even better. And if you don't know what your topic is yet, that's okay too!"

Ash Murray


"Have a fellow Honors student be your Thesis accountability buddy! The journey feels so much less lonely and daunting when you have someone to proofread, to vent to, just chat about the thesis process with, and  who can encourage your growth! 

Elizabeth Barash


"Try to make your thesis into a culmination of all of your majors/interests if possible. It is super satisfying to leave college with one final piece that really encapsulates all that I have learned here at SU."

Ava Breitbeck


Introduction to the Honors Thesis

The Honors Program Thesis is part of our 'Depth' requirement for completion of the program. By fulfilling this requirement, you're demonstrating your ability to explore topic thoroughly, and to contribute to established scholarship and practice in your field.  Completing the 'Depth' requirement is akin to becoming an expert in some facet of your career or professional practice that you are passionate about.  The Honors Thesis is the ultimate vehicle for that exploration.

People who will help you along the way

Your Honors Coordinator

Your Honors Coordinator is your point person in the Honors Program who you will be hearing from regarding your thesis deadlines.  They will keep you on task with email reminders (so pay attention), and can provide answers regarding the process, and guidance on how to navigate the various offices and people on campus you'll need to work with.   You should also let your coordinator know, early on, if you run into any difficulties and they will help you.

Your Faculty Advisor

Your Faculty Advisor is the subject matter expert in your Thesis field who will be overseeing the quality and scope  of your entire project.  You'll work closely with them throughout your project, so make sure you connect with someone whose research interests you, and whose work style matches your own. Your faculty advisor also needs to be a full faculty member at the University. They cannot be an 'adjunct' instructor, or 'part-time instructor' or any other staff member. They must be a faculty member with an academic appointment in your field of study.

Your Thesis Reader

Your Thesis Reader is a second subject matter expert who will review your draft, executive summary, final thesis, and any other materials associated with your project. This person's role is to provide useful feedback to you regarding any strengths  and/or weaknesses they see  in your project or your writing.  The reader should communicate that feedback to both you and your advisor.

Your reader does not have to be a full faculty member at Syracuse, so  feel free to work with an adjunct or part-time professor you feel is supportive and valuable to your research interests.

College & School Specific Theses Processes

For each college there are a few notable exceptions to various parts of the Thesis project.  Review your college information below to see if your thesis will be subject to any exceptions in our standard thesis process.