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Honors Thesis

What is an Honors Thesis?

The Honors College Thesis Program provides students with the opportunity to conduct original research and to use that research to construct a thesis. The thesis itself is a lengthy document based on the student’s research that mirrors a publishable journal article within the respective academic field. The thesis is required for graduation with Highest Honors. In order to complete the thesis, students must enroll in HONS 3300 and HONS 4300 (three credits each) in consecutive semesters.

Information for non-HAL majors only: Students will produce a thesis under the guidance of a Thesis Director and their HONS 3300/4300 Instructor, who serves as the writing coach and editor who will guide students through the consolidation of research and the organization, writing, and revising of the thesis. Students must take HONS 3300 and HONS 4300, in which they will research, write, and extensively revise thesis drafts, in consecutive semesters during their junior or senior years. For more information, please follow the link to Eligibility and Requirements .

Information for HAL majors: HAL Thesis Handbook

Recent Highest Honors Alumni:


  • Carder Brooks, "Challenges to the Theory of Evolution: Abiogenensis and Radiometric Dating"
  • Erin Evans, "The United States' Shifting Role in Response to the HIV/AIDS Epidemic in Africa"
  • Jacob Fisher, "The Rise and Fall of the American Church as It Correlates to American Purchasing Practices"
  • Amanda Gray, "Attachment and Biomass Formation of Shiga-Toxin-Producing Escherichia coli (STEC) on Stainless Steel at Varying Temperatures"
  • Camden Hoeffner, "The Effect of Education About Violence Risk on Juror Perception of Violence"
  • Jesse Latimer, "Technological Investigation of the Physical Movements of Pianists"
  • William Leachman, "Constitutional Law: First Amendment Limitations"
  • Lauren Littlefield, "Galectin 3C Inhibits Tumor Growth and Increases the Anticancer Activity of Taxol in Vitro Murine Cell Line Model of Ovarian Cancer"
  • Saba Nafees, "Using Mathematics to Analyze and Model Biological Phenomenon"
  • Taylor Robertson, "Cardiac Hypertrophy and Regression During Postpartum in C57B1/6 Mice"
  • Erin Van Pelt, "Hippotherapy and Insurance: The Challenge in Providing Coverage"
  • Kristen Weasenforth, "Adam Ries: The Populist Mathematician"
  • Josh Willms, "A Biologist's Perspective on the Fine-Tuning of the Universe for the Origin of Life, with an Emphasis on the Scholarly Conversation Between Dr. Victor J. Stenger and Dr. Luke A. Barnes"
  • Caitlin Yoakum, "Determining the Number of Impact Events to a Pig Skull: A Means of Assessing Blunt Force Trauma"