Current Students

Research Tracks

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

Thesis is an individual, inquiry-based project conducted under the direction of a faculty member. Thesis may also be completed through departmental honors programs. 

The Capstone track brings honors students together to take an interdisciplinary approach at solving real-world problems within the context of an honors course. Instructors select engaging topics of interest and use an experiential learning model to guide students through structured, collaborative group research projects. Capstone course topics vary from semester to semester - please check the honors courses webpage for Capstone descriptions and any special application instructions.


  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.