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Hutton Honors College

 — Indiana University

Sandra Shapshay
Director of Undergraduate Studies
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1. How is your honors degree program administered? Is there a specific person who acts as coordinator? Is there a faculty committee?

Each student pursuing an honors degree works with a committee comprised of two faculty members. One, the director, meets with the student on a regular basis to help him or her in directed readings and in the writing of a thesis. The other committee member's' official function is to read the completed thesis, and the second faculty member may meet with the student during the writing of the thesis as well.

2. What are the requirements for admission into your honors program? How are students recruited for your program? May students recommend themselves?

Students may certainly recommend themselves. If you are a junior with a 3.3 GPA or above who wishes to enroll in the honors program, you should contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies. Next, you'll need to find a committee director. You may do this on your own - by asking a faculty member who seems like a good candidate - or with the aid of the Director of Undergraduate Studies. The DUS can help you to find a faculty member who shares your interests. Typically, you'll work with your director for two terms, signing up first for P498 (Senior Seminar) and then P499 (Senior Seminar).

3. How does a student graduate with honors from your department?

To receive an honors degree, the student must maintain a 3.3 overall GPA, must complete P498 and P499, and must write a thesis that is judged acceptable by the two members of his or her faculty committee. (These are typically between 35 and 60 pages in length.)

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