HON (Honors)

HON 301 Honors Research Methods (1 hour)

In this course, with the aid of a faculty supervisor and reading committee, the students select and begin to research a thesis topic. Students attend a series of research skills sessions in order to draft and revise a prospectus for the Honors thesis. Honors students enrolled in this seminar will present their research proposals to their cohort and to faculty, and will submit a formal prospectus and related materials to their reading committee for approval. Students must also successfully defend their prospectus orally in order to continue to the thesis. Graded on a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis. Course may be taken twice. Prerequisites: Permission of the director of the Honors program and the faculty supervisor; a 3.3 cumulative grade-point average and a 3.5 cumulative grade-point average in the field in which the Honors research is to be conducted. Specific disciplines may have additional expectations for successful completion of an Honors thesis in that area.  Please see specific discipline/major webpages or faculty for details.

HON 401 Honors Thesis (4 hours)

Under continued direction of the faculty supervisor, students undertake intensive research of the thesis topic. Students submit a complete first draft of the thesis to their reading committee. Graded with a letter grade, “A” through “F.” Prerequisite: Completion of HON 301 with a grade of “S” (Satisfactory) and official acceptance into the Honors program, including an approved thesis prospectus.

HON 402 Honors Thesis Revision (2 hours)

Under continued direction of the faculty supervisor and reading committee, students make revisions to the thesis, and a final draft of the thesis is submitted to the reading committee. An appropriate oral presentation of the honors work in an academic setting, typically a formal defense of the thesis, also will be required. Students are also required to present their thesis research/project at the annual Liberal Arts and Sciences Symposium (LASS). Honors students are required to submit their thesis to the Oglethorpe Journal of Undergraduate Research, and to submit a hard copy of the final, approved version of their thesis to the OU Library archives. Graded on a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis. Prerequisite: Minimum grade of “C” in HON 401. A grade of “I” (Incomplete) in HON 401 is not acceptable.