After consulting with the potential director, students who intend to undertake
an honors thesis are expected to produce a written proposal over the summer between
their junior and senior years.
Critical Thesis Proposal: The proposal for a critical writing thesis, which is generally two to three pages in length, should present an overview of the topic, a discussion of the method of investigation or analysis, and a description of the organization of the thesis by chapter. It will often include a short preliminary bibliography of primary and secondary works that the thesis will engage.
Creative Thesis Proposal: Understanding that the process of writing will dictate the results of a creative thesis, the proposal should be a brief, paragraph-long document simply giving a sense of the project. It should act as a point of entry for the work to be done. Students should submit a sample of prose or poetry along with the proposal.