How To Apply

Applications for 2020–2021 will be due in March of 2020

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

  • An application form (linked here and below)
  • A thesis proposal
    • Critical and creative theses require different proposals
  • An 8–10 page writing sample demonstrating your proficiency in the genre of the proposed thesis
  • Two letters of recommendation, one of which should be from an English Department 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 email these five items to by the deadline.

Late applications will not be considered.

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

Interested candidates may contact the Director of Honors, Lori Merish with any questions. Candidates may also review the collection of completed theses, available upon request from English Department Staff in New North 306.

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