How To Apply

To apply to the Honors program, you must submit the following:

  • An application form
  • A thesis proposal—critical versus creative writing thesis proposals have different submission requirements. Click the links below for more information.
  • An 8–10 page writing sample (separate from the aforementioned proposal) demonstrating your proficiency in the genre of the proposed thesis
  • Two letters of recommendation, one of which should be from a Department of English faculty member
    • Note: The professor should send their recommendation using this form. This should NOT be submitted by the student. You are responsible for requesting these letters and ensuring they are submitted on time.
  • An unofficial transcript

Please fill out and attach these materials via the Google Form hyperlinked here. Any questions about the application process should be directed to

The deadline to apply for the 2024-2025 English Honors Cohort is 11:59PM on March 17, 2024.
Late applications will not be considered.

The Honors Committee will evaluate the proposals and post the results before the registration period. All decisions of the Honors Committee are final.

Interested candidates may contact the Director of Honors, Kathryn Temple, with any questions.

Sample Proposals

Follow these links to view sample Honors Thesis Proposals of various types:

Queering the Novel: Spatiality and Temporality in E. M. Forster

Monumental and Counter-Monumental Memorializations of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Cultural Contact in Kipling’s Stories of India

Exquisite Corpse: The Surrealist Game

A Tibetan-American Family: A Literary Novel

The Poetics of Globalization: Reading Capital in Rwanda