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Tulane Honors Program

Sunday, September 04, 2005

Senior Honors Theses

I know that many of you who are seniors are very worried about graduating with University Honors. I want to assure you that we are going to do everything we can to make this as seamless and easy as possible. Let me go through the requirements. I have mirrored the Honors web-page with graduation requirements here.

GPA - For University Honors students must have a 3.600 (magna cum laude) or 3.800 (summa cum laude) cumulative GPA. For departmental honors students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.400 with a 3.500 in their major.

The GPA standards will remain.

Honors Courses - For University Honors students must have completed two 300-level or above Honors courses. Participation in a Junior Year Abroad program fulfills this requirement.

We will try and make sure students fulfill this requirement as much as possible, but we will be flexible. Do not worry about this requirement now, but make an appointment as soon as you return to campus in January.

Thesis - Students must complete a honors research project or its equivalent in their major, as determined by their department. This is usually completed throughout a student's senior year, but obviously the normal schedule will be untenable now. A one-semester thesis, however, is not uncommon. Below are suggestions for how to approach your thesis this year.

Start your research now. Where possible find a faculty member at your current institution that is willing to consult with you and aid your research.

Contact me with your topic, major, and (if you have one) your Tulane thesis advisor. I will work to get you in contact with your TU thesis advisor (or find you one).

As soon as possible I will update the thesis forms and schedule for a one-semester thesis. When you register for spring classes you will register for 500H in your major department, complete your thesis, and defend it during the exam period in the spring.

Challenges - The sciences will be the most difficult to manage since lab work is usually required. We will simply have to wait until I can make contact with the various departments to determine their expectations. Contacting faculty may also prove difficult under the circumstances.


  • So at this time, all we need to do is fill out the online form and continue with research in a lab?

    By Blogger Honors Student, at 4:20 PM  

  • Correct. Please fill in the online form and if you are already working in a lab (or library, etc.) continue on with your research!

    By Blogger Cb, at 7:05 PM  

  • Could you give a more detailed outline with deadlines in the near future? I am planning on working on the thesis during both the spring and lagniappe semesters. I have tried to contact a Tulane department advisor, but have been told to wait until we return to school in January. Do you have any recommendations?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:18 PM  

  • I will do that tomorrow! (Nov. 1) If not, beat me with left over Halloween licorice and pelt me with the Smarties that no one seems to like (except me).

    By Blogger Cb, at 8:23 PM  

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