Because the Honors Program coordinates Latin honors for so many departments and programs on campus, we have very few format requirements for honors theses; we understand that theses from Theatre and Dance, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Physics or Anthropology will probably look very different. We recommend therefore that students should use the style manual/guide appropriate to their discipline. If you don't know the style guide your discipline uses, ask your Honors Council representative.
By the time you have completed the honors thesis process, you will have submitted two copies of your thesis to the Honors Program: a printed defense copy and a digital archival copy. Each copy of your thesis must include a title page and abstract.
The title page must have the following information: the title of your thesis, your name, the date, your thesis advisor's name and department as well as the names and departments of your other committee members. The title must conform to your discipline's rules for capitalization. The title on the archival copy is the title which will be used on the Honors Convocation program and in the University of Colorado archives, so make sure you’re happy with it. Sample title pages can be viewed here.
The abstract should conform to the rules of your discipline and should in some way address the following: Why did you undertake this study or project? What did you do and how? What did you find? What do your findings mean?
|1. The Defense Copy: the defense copy of your thesis is just that - the copy of your thesis that you will use in your thesis defense. The defense copy of your thesis will therefore determine the level of honors your committee may award. Defense copies submitted to the Honors Program Office should be stapled or clipped, no binding is required.|
3. The Digital Archival Copy: this is a PDF copy of your thesis for inclusion in CU-Boulder's Digital Collections honors thesis archive. Students from disciplines whose written theses are accompanied by digital media (ex. Film Studies, Theatre and Dance) do not have to submit an additional copy of their digital work.
Starting in Spring 2014, the Honors Program will no longer require a printed and Velobound final copy of the thesis. Students will be given information on how to submit a PDF copy to the online thesis archive. Please note that individual departments may still require printed and bound copies; check with your Honors Council representative for confirmation.