The Honors Program at Wesleyan
If you are planning to write a thesis or essay for honors consideration, we advise you to familiarize yourself with this website which contains important information and deadlines for honors candidates. The Honors Committee would also like to emphasize that students who intend to produce a thesis that involves human subjects research need to seek IRB approval from the Institutional Review Board prior to commencing research. Information concerning IRB approval has been added to the Jellybean Papers and can be found here.
Honors recognizes a BA attained with distinction, either in the major or in General Scholarship. Honors recognizes the successful completion of a mentored, independent, honors capstone project that has been evaluated by qualified examiners and that meets the standards of excellence in the major or those of the Honors Committee when completed in General Scholarship. A student may receive no more than 2.0 credits for the thesis. Students who major in more than one department, program, or college may submit a thesis in one of their majors or separate theses in more than one major. With the agreement of each of their departments, programs, or colleges, students may submit the same thesis for honors in more than one major.
A degree with honors can be earned two ways: (1) Departmental honors will be awarded to the student who has done outstanding work in the major field of study and met the standards for honors or high honors set by the respective department or program; (2) Honors in General Scholarship will be awarded to the student who is a University major or whose thesis topic or methodology is outside of the domain appropriate for the award of Honors in the student's department(s) or program(s). The candidate for honors in general scholarship must have a minimum Grade Point Average of 90.00 or must meet the minimum Grade Point Average requirement for Honors set by the student's major department (whichever is highest), fulfill general education expectations, and submit a senior thesis that meets the standard for honors or high honors set by the Committee on Honors.
In the fall semester of the senior year, all candidates for departmental honors must either enroll in a senior thesis tutorial or, if they are pursuing an alternative route to honors, must ask their department to forward their names to the Honors Committee as candidates.
The 2015-2016 honors thesis/essay deadline is Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 4pm. All honors candidates are required to submit their thesis or essay in PDF format for binding, through their Student Portfolio. Most individual departments also require candidates to submit paper copies of the thesis/essay for their readers. Questions regarding reader copies should be directed to your department/program. Beginning with the Class of 2018, honors candidates who complete their graduation requirements in December are required to submit and register their thesis with the University on the first day of classes of the following spring semester.
The Honors Committee has developed a formal policy related to the Honors Thesis Deadline. This policy relates to both an extension of the honors thesis deadline requested in advance, as well as late submissions of completed theses. Please click here to review the official policy.
Departments and Programs are responsible for administering the rules governing eligibility for departmental honors in their field, and most issues concerning students' eligibility for departmental honors arise and are adjudicated at the departmental level. Students who seek exceptions to University-level rules governing eligibility for departmental honors or Honors in General Scholarship must petition to the Honors Committee. Such petitions must include the student's rationale for the requested exception, and must be accompanied by letters of support from the student's tutor and the chair of the student's major department or program. All petitions should be directed to the Honors Committee in care of Susan Krajewski in the Office of the Registrar.
The Jellybean Papers outline detailed information about writing an honors thesis or essay, including formatting instructions. The 2015-2016 version of the Jellybean Papers is currently available by clicking on the appropriate link below or you can download a paper version here.
resources available at this site:
* ACADEMIC REGULATIONS - HONORS
* DEANS' OFFICE SENIOR PACKET, HONORS INFO LETTER
* DEPARTMENT/PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
* DROPPING YOUR THESIS
* ENROLLING IN A SENIOR THESIS/ESSAY TUTORIAL
* EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW (Jellybean Papers)
* GENERAL SCHOLARSHIP
* LIBRARY SERVICES FOR HONORS STUDENTS
* ONLINE THESIS REPOSITORY (WesScholar)
* PDF TIPS AND TROUBLESHOOTING
* THESIS/ESSAY TITLE PAGE TEMPLATE
* UNIVERSITY HONORS
* YOUR PRINTING OPTIONS
* TIPS FROM WRITING WORKSHOP
Questions about the Honors Program can be directed to Susan Krajewski, x2738 -- North College 102.