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Research Track

All Honors College students must complete a research track consisting of either a thesis or capstone course.

Thesis is an individual research project on a topic of the students' choice, under the direction of a faculty member selected by the student. Thesis may also be completed through departmental honors programs. 

The Honors Capstone course brings Honors students together to take an interdisciplinary approach at solving real-world problems through undergraduate research and practical application.

There are four ways to complete the research requirement:

  1. Discovery Track I: Honors College Thesis » Students will enroll in two semesters of Honors Thesis coursework while working on an independent research project on a topic of their choice under the guidance of a faculty member they select.
  2. Discovery Track II: Thesis through Departmental Honors Program » Some academic departments offer their own honors programs, which include a thesis. Honors College students have the option of completing thesis through their departments in order to meet Honors College requirements.
  3. Innovation: Capstone » Students will enroll in an Honors Capstone class, plus one additional core Honors course of their choice.
  4. Other Options » Engineering majors will enroll in a one-semester course called Honors Thesis for Engineers. This class, in addition to their major Capstone/Senior Design project, meets the Honors College requirements.