Through the Honors Program, students nearing graduation can write and defend an honors thesis in order to graduate from the University of Colorado Boulder having earned Latin honors: cum laude, magna cum laude, or summa cum laude.
First, make sure you meet our qualifications.
The most important initial step toward writing a thesis is coming up with a topic. Once you have something in mind, narrow it down as much as possible. Having some specifics to focus on will help you clearly present your topic and goals when meeting with a prospective thesis advisor and other committee members.
To see what a completed thesis looks like, visit the honors thesis repository on CU Scholar.
Writing a thesis within a major - Departmental Honors - is the type of Latin honors over 95% of students choose to pursue. As your department will provide you the bulk of the support through this process, and in many cases will require you to take thesis-related courses and fulfill other requirements, it is critical that you communicate with them if you are interested in writing an honors thesis in your major.
General Honors is for thesis projects that fit into one of two categories:
Within these categories, students are expected to produce an original piece of creative or scholarly work.
The Honors Program no longer accepts thesis registrations after the deadline has passed.
Please make sure to include the required attachments: We require a prospectus, bibliography and timeline so that we can see that you've given your topic and planned workload some thought.
Deliver your completed registration paperwork and attachments to the Honors Program Office anytime by the deadline for your semester and keep the list of deadlines for your own reference.
The Registration to Graduate with Honors form is not an application; when your Honors Council representative signs your form, that means your department is supporting you and your project. You will not be contacted by the Honors Program regarding approval of your registration form.
If you have questions about the thesis process that are not answered in our Graduation with Honors FAQ, that's likely because those questions are specific to your field. Please speak with your thesis advisor or Honors Council representative first; if they cannot answer your question, feel free to get in touch with our office.
The defense copy is a printed and unbound version of the thesis your committee received before your defense. It is not your final copy. This is the version of the thesis that your committee will use to designate honors. The final copy may include changes resulting from the defense but changes will not bear on the level of honors earned.
In addition to submitting your thesis to your committee members, you must also submit a printed defense copy to the Honors Program Office.
Make sure your title page meets all Honors Program requirements.
Once you've defended your thesis and made any corrections or adjustments your committee has asked for, you are free to upload the final copy of your thesis to CU Scholar.
As of the Spring 2014 semester, the Honors Program no longer requires a printed and bound final copy of theses. Individual departments may still require printed and bound copies; students should check with their Honors Council representative for confirmation.