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Description of Honors Program

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The Communication Department will attempt to notify eligible majors by email. All qualified students will be invited to register for special "Honors" sections of regularly taught writing-intensive seminars (courses with numbers between COMM 4425 and COMM 4475). Enrollment in these sections will be limited to ten students with the qualifying GPA. Students can choose seminars in areas of their particular interest.

Courses will be designated for "honors" on a rotating basis. So, it is likely that if Freedom of Expression is offered in one semester, it will not be offered again as an honors seminar for at least two or three semesters. Students should plan accordingly and sign up for honors seminars in their area of interest when they are offered, any time between first semester Junior year and first semester Senior year. To register for designated honors sections, students must directly contact the instructor of that section and obtain an override form. Registration for these sections will be by instructor permission only. Freshmen and Sophomores are not eligible for the honors sections.

After completing two honors seminars of choice, a student will decide in which of the two seminar topic areas they would like to pursue the writing of an honors thesis. The student will work with the instructor of the corresponding course to develop a proposal and eventually write a complete honors thesis. Judgment of the quality of the thesis will be up to the thesis advisor, and poor quality theses will not be accepted as fulfilling the requirement of the honors program.

In considering what honors courses to take, students may want to choose one relatively narrow subject area course (such as Gender Roles and Communication or Freedom of Expression) and one less topic-oriented course (such as Communication Criticism or Television Criticism). This is an especially good idea for students who do not have a clear idea of the likely topic area of their honors thesis. Honors theses must be delivered to the thesis advisor before the advisor submits a thesis grade. The deadline for submission of the completed thesis to the advisor is the first study day during the semester in which the student is enrolled for thesis credit.