1. How is your honors degree program administered? Is there a specific
person who acts as coordinator? Is there a faculty committee?
The Director of Undergraduate Studies has primary responsibility for
overseeing the departmental honors program. The Undergraduate Advisor
helps identify qualified students and encourages such students to apply.
The DUGS meets with students to discuss the 3 optios for earning a
degree with honors, proposed topics and projects, and the formation of a
faculty committee. The Undergraduate Affairs committee initiates any
changes to policies, which must be approved by the faculty as a whole.
Each student works with a faculty committee that consists of a director
and one reader.
2. What are the requirements for admission into your honors program? How are
students recruited for your program? May students recommend
Students need a 3.3 overall GPA, a 3.5 average within the program, and
must have taken at
least one 300-level comparative literature course. During the spring of
their junior year, all students who have fulfilled these requirements
are invited by the Undergraduate Advisor to meet with the DUGS to
discuss the honors program. Students may request such a meeting on their
3. How does a student graduate with honors from your department?
Students may complete three honors tutorials (which supplement 300- or
400- level courses with additional readings, writing assignments and
individual meetings), write an honors thesis, or complete an honors
project (e.g. a creative writing or translation project that includes
critical commentary on the process).
4. What courses do students take as juniors and before in order to
prepare for working on the senior project? How are these honors seminars
and courses typically conducted? What are the usual requirements in such
There are no specific courses that honors students are required to take
prior to beginning work on the senior honors thesis or project. They
must enroll in C499 - Studies for Honors for both semesters of their
senior year. The department offers a 200-level honors seminar and
additional seminsars on special topics at the 100, 300, and 400 levels;
these are not required for admission to the honors program or for
graduation with honors.
5. Are there departmental resources available to support internships or
research projects related to the senior project?
There are regrettably only very limited departmental resources.
6. What is the nature of the senior project and what are the
requirements for completing it?
Senior projects usually take the form of a 30-50 page thesis. Generally,
students conduct the research for their projects during the first
semester of their senior year, producing an extensive bibliography and
at least a detailed outline of the entire paper. The actual writing and
revising of the paper generally takes place during the second semester.
7. How might the work required for earning a honors degree be
particularly beneficial in future endeavors?
The work required trains the student for graduate school and various
critical and literary endeavors. It teaches research
skills, self-discipline and the
ability to realize self-imposed goals and ambitions.
8. What are the advantages for students who pursue the honors degree
compared to a regular degree in your area?
Students get individual attention and advice and learn how to conduct
9. Please list suggestions for other departments based on activities
that have worked well for your students?
The university should encourage the student's interest in doing
independent research at an early stage. The honors thesis offers that
possibility to our students. It also allows the students to become more
inquisitive and less passive about education. Students who do the thesis
go to professors who can help them with specific needs rather than the
other way around.
10. Explain the background of honors course offerings in your
discipline. When were honors courses or sections first offered?
Honors course offerings stretch back to the early days of the program.
We think the first courses were offered in the mid-1960's.