- You must complete at least four courses in the major at the time of application.
- You must have an overall GPA of 3.0.
- You must have a GPA of 3.25 or higher in the major.
The Departmental Honors Program in modern languages consists of a 6 credit, directed study in your senior year in which you work with a faculty member (or members) on a project of your choice. Your project will involve researching an important problem or topic or analyzing a body of literary or cultural texts. Your study should demonstrate your ability to use a foreign language, research and critical/analytical skills. It should culminate in a significant final project/thesis, the length and nature of which will be determined by you and your faculty advisor.
The Modern Language Department’s Honors Committee expects to see a unified, coherent project/thesis, written in a foreign language, demonstrating intellectual rigor. Every honors project should be accompanied by a two-to-three-page statement, written in nontechnical, standard English for a non-specialist reader, explaining what you believe you have accomplished and why it is important.
While taking two semesters of directed study, you will write your honors thesis. The thesis must be completed by April 1 if you wish to graduate in May and by Dec. 1 if you wish to graduate by December. Upon satisfactory completion of your thesis, the department will submit two copies of your thesis, with the appropriately signed cover sheet, to the library for binding. If you wish to have personal copies bound, you may submit up to four copies to the library to be bound at a nominal cost. You are also required to fill out the short online honors project description form on the College Honors website.
Your honors thesis should be submitted to your faculty advisor for approval and possible revisions; however, the responsibility for determining honors lies solely with the Honors Committee upon the recommendation of your faculty advisor. You will make an oral presentation before the Honors Committee, and with successful completion, be awarded "Honors in Modern Languages" on your transcript. However, your faculty advisor is responsible for assigning your grades for your independent study courses.
Should your honors project be rejected by the Honors Committee, you may appeal the decision by taking the following steps: