Senior Honors Thesis
Introduction to the Program
The Thesis Program allows students to delve deeper into a topic of interest
- Details and Deadlines for the Program
- Previous Thesis Program Participants and Their Research
The Department of Theology offers particularly gifted undergraduate majors who seek a deeper experience in the major the opportunity to complete an Honors Thesis. The Thesis Program gives participants the opportunity to research a topic in depth, in close collaboration with a member of the faculty, and to undertake an extended writing project. The thesis is a serious commitment and involves a lot of work, but when it is done well it can be an extraordinary experience. For students seeking an advanced degree, the thesis will send a strong signal of achievement and accomplishment to graduate schools.
Participants in the Thesis Program enroll in:
- a 1-credit Directed Readings course in the fall semester of their senior year
- a 1-credit Honors Colloquium in the fall semester of their senior year
- a 3-credit Honors Thesis Writing course in the spring of their senior year.
Students will submit a thesis of approximately 40-55 pages by April 15 of their senior year. Those who successfully complete the thesis and receive an A- or higher grade will receive departmental honors, to be recognized officially on their transcript.
All junior majors with a G.P.A. of 3.66 or higher within the theology major may apply. Applicants will need to be able to take 36 credits in Theology rather than the usual 31 credits required for a primary major.
How are participants selected?
Applicants must submit the following application materials in the spring of their junior year (a specific date will be announced):
- a brief prospectus (2-3 pages) identifying a potential topic for a thesis project, discussing the background you possess in this area, and stating why you wish to take part in the Thesis Program (topics may change after this point)
- the names of 2-3 faculty members in Theology who could speak to your suitability for the program
- a cv or resume, including a list of relevant courses you have taken, the names of the faculty who taught these courses, and grades received
- names of 2-3 faculty with whom you would be interested in writing a thesis
Decisions will be based on the following criteria:
- faculty recommendations (based on oral consultation)
- quality of the prospectus
- overall GPA and GPA in the major
Applicants will be informed of the results of their application in early April and participants will be assigned to a suitable thesis director (please note that it may not always be possible to match participants with the faculty members they have requested).
For a selection of 2013 Theology theses, click here: senior_thesis_slideshow_2013_theology.pptx
For a full listing of students who have completed, or are currently enrolled in, the Department of Theology Thesis Program, visit our past senior theses page.