If you are passionate about linguistics and an independent thinker, the Honors program offers you the opportunity to pursue your own research questions about language. In order to receive so-called Latin Honors, you must write a thesis under the supervision of a faculty advisor, who chairs your thesis committee. In addition to your faculty advisor, you will need two other faculty committee members, one of whom must be in a department other than Linguistics. In addition, one member must be an Honors Council representative. Your three committee members will be your 'jury' when you defend your Honors thesis, and jointly make a recommendation concerning the level of Honors you should receive.
Those who successfully complete the Honors program receive a BA degree that includes the designation cum laude, magna cum laude or summa cum laude. The Honors committee determines the level of Honors that you will receive based on the recommendation made by your Honors thesis committee. In making this recommendation, your thesis committee will take into account your overall GPA, your achievement in the major and the quality of your thesis. Among over 50 majors, minors and certificate programs in the College of Arts and Sciences, the Linguistics department ranks second in the percentage of BA degrees awarded with Honors. Linguistics minor Jessica Lutz was selected as Outstanding Undergraduate Spring 2013, based in part on her Linguistics Honors thesis. On the basis of her Honors thesis, Tory Stockton, a 2004 BA graduate in Linguistics and Anthropology, received the Distinguished Colorado Graduate Award. Following is a list of recent Honors thesis projects completed in the department of Linguistics:
Lutz, Jessica (2013). “Perception and Production of English Cues to Plosive Voicing by Native Mandarin Speakers.”
Barber, Jared. (2010). "The Past Tense in Indirect Speech."
Goss, Matthew (2010). "Speaking-For-Thinking: A Reexamination of Linguistic Relativity."
O'Brien, Hannah (2010). "Recontextulaization of Language Preservation Methods: The Case of Northern Arapaho Immersion Schools.
Preciado, Jenette. (2010). "Arapaho Language Education: Language Ideologies in the Classroom."
Badwan, Hasan. (2008). "Kamanap: A Language Sketch."
Davis, Taryn (2007). "The Frame Makes the Picture: Politically Engineered Phrases and the Public Response."
Hott, Katya (2007). "Spirits and the Unknown in Susu Language."
Cantrell, Sarah (2006). "A Monolingual Education: Barriers to Foreign Language Education at the Primary Level in Colorado."
Groene-Sackett, Simone (2006). "She's in the Money: Financial Femininity Discourses in Cosmopolitan and Good Housekeeping."
Balder, Sara (2004). "Cultural Promotion of Homophobia Manifested in Chilean Spanish."
Gehret, Heidi (2004). "Where Language Unites, Writing Divides: Conflicting Ideologies in the Quest for Orthography in Postcolonial Somalia."
Padilla, Ramón (2004). "The Role of Culture in Bible Translation: An Analysis of Hebrews 2."
Stockton, Tory (2004). "Disrobing Identity: Education Reform and Language Politics in the Coroico Municipality of the Nor Yungas of Bolivia."
Brontsema, Robin (2003). "A Queer Revolution: Reconceptualizing the Debate over Linguistic Reclamation."
Hoffman, Sara (2003). "Language Attitudes among High School Seniors in Santa Fe."
The Linguistics faculty strong encourages academically prepared students to pursue Honors. Learn about the Honors process by contacting the Honors Program office and LING Honors Council representative, Prof. Kira Hall. Go to this page for detailed information about writing an undergraduate Honors thesis in Linguistics.