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Honors FAQ

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Q: I am in A&S Honors. Can I also receive Communication Department Honors?

To graduate with A&S Honors, you have two options: 

  • to graduate without a thesis; or
  • to graduate with a thesis. As the A&S Honors Handbook indicates, if you choose not to write a thesis, you must take two HP Honors Seminars.

The Communication Department requires both A&S Honors and Department Honors students to:

  • enroll in two Honors Writing-Intensive Seminars; and
  • after finishing their second seminar, to choose a thesis advisor (from one of the two seminars), and enroll in a Communication Honors Thesis (COMM 4961) section offered by that professor. The Honors Thesis is three credits, and conducted as an independent study, with the completed thesis as its final product.

Q: I would like to create a special project (i.e., a documentary) to submit as my honors thesis. Is this permitted?

The Communication Department accepts only traditional, bound theses in a paper format. Please see “Thesis Guidelines” on this department’s website for further details.

Q: Can I conduct interviews or surveys while researching my honors thesis?

Federal regulations and University Policy require prospective review and approval of all human subject research conducted by faculty, staff, or students. The Boston College Institutional Review Board (IRB) should review all research proposals.

Q: Where do I obtain more information about Scholar of the College?

Information regarding awards, fellowships, and prizes at Boston College.

Q: Whom can I contact for more information about the Communication Department Honors Program?

Please email Professor Michael Keith, Faculty Advisor of the Communication Department Honors Program.