What is Honors in an Area of Study?

An honors project represents an extraordinary commitment to exploration of a topic or problem in your area of study outside the parameters of regular classwork. Typically, an honors project is a year-long research or substantial creative work that culminates with a critical review by faculty in the area study as well as by faculty from across the College. Thus, an honors project should involve more than merely revising a term paper or project for a course, even if it is the final work for a capstone course. Honors projects may be based on work done for a course, but the student must demonstrate clearly how the scope and substance of the project will advance significantly from the initial work. Each area of study will have its own standards for judging a work as honors, so please consult with faculty members in your area for further information.

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