Thesis Submission Guidelines

An electronic copy of your thesis is due to the Office Coordinator by the posted deadline and should be sent as a PDF attachment to the honors program. In the body of that email, please indicate whether you give us permission to share your thesis online with prospective and future honors students.

Style Manual

Every thesis should 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 menu necessary.) The most commonly-used style manual in English studies and related cultural studies is the MLA Style Manual, but you may want to check with your mentor to see which style would be most appropriate for your work. 


The text of the thesis must be double-spaced 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.

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, D.C.”), 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