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communication department

Junior Year

Fall Semester

Notice of eligibility sent (notification sent prior to enrollment for fall semester courses) to students with 3.75 GPA or higher. Students must earn a grade of A- or better, and retain their overall GPA of 3.75 or higher, to remain in the program. Since a student's thesis advisor must be chosen from the instructors of the two honors seminars a student takes, students should think ahead about the probable topic area and desired thesis advisor for their projects.

Spring Semester

Students who have taken one honors seminar during the fall semester and have retained their honors eligibility should enroll in a second honors-designated writing intensive seminar. Students with special circumstances, such as those studying abroad, may wait until senior fall to take the second seminar.


Senior Year

Fall Semester

Students who have finished both honors seminars during their junior year may begin work on their thesis during senior fall. A student may chose either of the faculty members who taught either of their writing intensive seminars taken to serve as thesis adviser. Students receive three elective credits toward the major for "thesis" during this semester. The final deadline for submission of the fall thesis is the first study day of the fall semester. Detailed information is below.

Spring Semester

Students with finished their honors seminars senior fall must write their thesis during senior spring. A student may chose either of the faculty members who taught either of their writing intensive seminars taken to serve as thesis adviser. Students receive three elective credits toward the major for "thesis" during this semester. The final deadline for submission of a spring thesis is the first study day of the spring semester. Detailed information is below.

  • Thesis students should make themselves familiar with the department’s rules and requirements as pertains to thesis preparation and expectations.
  • Thesis students are encouraged to examine previously written theses to get a clear sense of what is expected of theirs. Examples are available on the department’s website, e-Scholarship, or through the thesis advisor.
  • Submit a clearly articulated thesis proposal––a statement of what your thesis topic will achieve and its goals and contribution to the canon of knowledge on your subject. This is due two weeks after the start of the semester.  At this time the advisor and student should also submit completed Contract for Individually Arranged and Non-Scheduled Courses to the department chair.
  • There will be ongoing student/advisor meetings as determined necessary––often weekly or every two weeks.
  • Submit a draft of your thesis Table of Contents (essentially a project outline of your thesis) and/or draft of literature review during  the fourth week of the semester.
  • Individual drafted chapters will be submitted to your advisor as the schedule warrants.
  • Your penultimate draft is due three weeks before the thesis submission deadline.
  • A final bound copy must be deposited with your advisor on the first study day of the semester.
  • Thesis students are expected to upload a copy of the final thesis to e-Scholarship.
  • Thesis students should feel free to communicate with their advisor at any point they deem necessary.