Through the Honors Program, students nearing graduation can write and defend an honors thesis in order to graduate from the University of Colorado Boulder with Latin honors: cum laude, magna cum laude, or summa cum laude.
The first step toward writing a thesis is coming up with your 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.
Students in the College of Arts and Sciences:
If you are writing a thesis within your major (Departmental Honors), your first point of contact must be your department. As your department will be supporting you through this process, and in many cases will require you to take thesis-related courses, it is critical that you communicate with them first. You must also read our Graduation with Honors FAQ.
Students in the College of Arts and Sciences who want to write a General Honors thesis - an interdisciplinary thesis that cannot fit within any one major - must have a CU-Boulder GPA of 3.5 or higher, have taken 12 credits of Honors Program coursework and meet with the Honors Program for project approval before turning in any registration paperwork. You must also read our Graduation with Honors FAQ.
Students in the College of Engineering and Applied Science, the College of Music, Journalism and Mass Communication or the Leeds School of Business:
Read our Graduation with Honors FAQ, which includes information pertinent to General Honors students from any discipline, then stop by our office to discuss the possibility of pursuing General Honors.
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 before 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 contact 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 submit a copy to the Honors Program Office.
Make sure your title page meets all Honors Program requirements.
As of the Spring 2014 semester, the Honors Program no longer requires a printed and bound final copy.
Students will be told how to upload their thesis to the online thesis archive. Individual departments may still require printed and bound copies; students should check with their Honors Council representative for confirmation.