Close Close

English Honors


To give qualified students advanced writing experience and the opportunity to distinguish themselves.


Students will apply to the department chair during their junior year.


3.3 overall GPA; 3.5 GPA in the English major; fulfillment of the language requirement for English majors.


Two courses beyond those required for the English major. One course will be chosen from a list of English 300-400 level courses deemed appropriate by the thesis advisor. The second course will be an independent study in which the student will write a thesis in consultation with a full-time English Department faculty member. The thesis will be orally presented and defended to a committee of at least three faculty members, two of whom will be English Department full-time faculty, or presented in a comparable public forum, such as Scholarship Week or a Research Symposium. The thesis must earn a B or better in order for the student to be recommended to the full English Department for honors.

Conferral of Honors:

The Department will notify the Office of Registration and Records of successful candidates, and “Departmental Honors” will be imprinted on the student’s transcript. A congratulatory letter will be provided to the student, as a record of achievement, signed by the chair of the Department of English and the thesis advisor.