English Honors Program 2015-2016
English Honors Forms
Overview of the Program
The Department of English Undergraduate Honors Program provides a carefully selected group
of seniors with opportunities for advanced scholarship:
- Closer contact with faculty tutors than students in the regular major program;
- An opportunity to work and exchange ideas in the stimulating environment of a small
group of fellow students with similar aims and abilities;
- An opportunity to develop individual initiative and sophisticated critical skills.
The English Honors Program will benefit those interested in graduate work, advanced
professional study, or greater intellectual challenges.
Applying to the Program
Students may apply for the program after completing 80 hours of course work (90 before actual
admission). Applicants should have a GPA of 3.3 in the major and an overall GPA of 3.0 and
must submit signatures of recommendation from two English faculty supporting their
applications. Interested students must submit a completed application form, a short statement of
intellectual interest, and a copy of their “Class History” report. Applications are due by 5:00 pm,
Friday, October 16. Late or incomplete applications cannot be considered.
After screening all applications, the department’s Honors Committee will select participants for
each year’s program. Selected students will be notified by the end of October and provided the
information necessary to register for fall Honors courses.
- The Honors student will complete the requirements of his/her chosen English major as
described in the current catalog.
- The Honors program requires 9 hours of Honors-level work. All Honors students are required
to complete at least one (three-hour) Honors seminar (ENG 4935 or ENG 4936).
- Students may select from the following options to fulfill the remaining six hours of credit in
- A second (three-hour) Honors seminar (ENG 4935 or ENG 4936).
- A three-hour independent study (ENG 4906). The independent study should be
connected to an eligible upper-level course in the major being taught in that semester.* A
list of courses available for this option will be made available prior to registration each
semester. Students will attend some or all of the scheduled course meetings but will be
enrolled in an independent study with the instructor. The independent study will be
considered a special “Honors section” of the course and will require additional work that
may include extra reading, class presentations, and advanced research-based writing. To
enroll in an independent study, students will need written permission of the
instructor, who will determine an Honors-appropriate workload for the course. The
proposed plan for independent study must be approved by the Honors Committee
and filed with the Undergraduate Director prior to registration.
- A three-hour Honors thesis, supervised by a member of the English faculty. The
Director of the English Honors Program will serve as instructor of record for the thesis
hours. Under the direction of the instructors of the Honors seminars and/or the Director
of the English Honors Program, the student will choose a member of the English
Department faculty to serve as director of his/her thesis and one additional faculty
member to serve as readers of the thesis. The completed thesis must be at least 25-
pages in length, not including bibliography.
- A three-hour graduate-level course. Enrollment in a graduate course is limited to
Honors students in their final semester and requires written permission of the (1)
Undergraduate Director, (2) Graduate Director, and (3) the instructor of the course.
To be eligible, students must have completed at least one Honors seminar with a grade of
- Of the nine hours required for Departmental Honors, a maximum of six hours may be counted
towards the requirements for the major (historical distribution requirements or electives).
- To graduate with Departmental Honors, the student must satisfy the following requirements:
- Complete 9 hours of English Honors courses as described above with a 3.3 GPA in those
- Complete all major requirements with a 3.3 GPA in the major and an overall GPA of 3.0.
- The student who completes all requirements above will graduate with Honors in English. The
credit hours completed within the program by the student who does not complete all Honors
requirements will, of course, count toward the baccalaureate degree.
*Faculty who are willing to accommodate the extra needs of Honors students will notify the Undergraduate
Director before registration to have their course put on the list of eligible courses. The Honors student will enroll in
an independent study but will attend the scheduled course and complete the bulk of the reading and written
requirements for the course in addition to a special Honors project for the course (this could include a formal
presentation of research, an independent research project, a longer research paper, a long annotated bibliography, a
larger collection of creative work, etc. The independent study represents 3 hours of coursework.