Thesis Submission Guidelines

Three unbound hard copies of your thesis are due to Jessica Marr in the main office, and one electronic attachment should be sent to Please indicate in that email whether you give us permission to share your thesis online with prospective and future honors students.

The Parts of the Thesis

Each thesis should have most or all of the following parts: Title Page; Dedication and/or Acknowledgments (if used); Table of Contents with page references (if relevant); List of Illustrations (if used); List of Tables (if used); Text, beginning with the Introduction or Chapter One; Endnotes (if used); Appendices (if used); Bibliography.

The title page is not numbered (although it counts as i), but the pages of the prefatory material that follows (acknowledgments, table of contents, etc.) should be numbered with lower-case Roman numerals (ii, iii, etc.). The body of the thesis itself, beginning with the Introduction or Chapter One, and continuing through the end of the Bibliography, must be numbered consecutively using Arabic numerals (1, 2, 3, etc.); this sequence of numbers should start with 1 (that is, don’t continue the Roman numeral sequence that you used for the prefatory material). Pages containing charts, graphs, illustrations, tables, etc., must be numbered consecutively with the text.

Page numbers may appear either at the bottom center of the page, or at the top center or top right and may be preceded by your last name (but no other information). If your page numbers are at the top of the page, they must be moved to the bottom (or omitted) for any page with a major heading (that is, any title for a chapter or section that is important enough that you start a new page for it).

Style Manual

Every thesis must follow the conventions of citation and style set forth in a style manual that has been approved by your mentor. (This is most important for critical theses, since creative theses may not have the sorts of citations or notes—except, perhaps, in the introduction—that make a style manual necessary.) The most commonly-used style manuals in English studies and related cultural studies are the MLA Style Manual and The Chicago Manual of Style, but you may want to check with your mentor to see which style would be most appropriate for your work. You may use either footnotes or endnotes in accordance with your preference and the conventions of the style manual.


The text of the thesis must be double-spaced (or equivalent, depending on the word processor that you are using), and the bibliography should be as well. Long quotations, footnotes, or endnotes may be single-spaced or double-spaced depending on your preference and the style manual that you are using.


Your thesis must have a margin of at least one and one-quarter inches on all four sides of every page. Everything, including illustrations, graphs, and text, must be printed inside this 1.25” margin. Please use a ruler to measure your margins, because your word processor might not be in perfect alignment with your printer, and theses that do not have appropriate margins can’t be bound.

Title Page

The Title Page should include the title of your thesis, the submission statement (including the degree and the name of the department) your name, the name of your mentor, the location (“Washington, DC”), and the date.

The submission statement should be centered on your title page following the title and appear as follows:

A Thesis
submitted to the Faculty of the
College of Arts and Sciences
of Georgetown University
in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the
degree of
Bachelor of Arts
in English