General Honors research is designed to demonstrate a College of Arts and Sciences student's ability to conduct creative or scholarly research of a broad interdisciplinary nature. If you are writing a thesis within a major (Departmental Honors), the information on this page is not relevant.
Eligibility criteria for students wishing to pursue General Honors:
Note for Distributed Studies students: students pursuing a Distributed Studies degree may choose to apply to complete a General Honors thesis project or select an appropriate topic in one of their participating departments (contingent on departmental approval). Any honors designation earned would be attached to the Distributed Studies degree.
Interested in General Honors? Download and read our Guide to Writing a General Honors Thesis.
Along with your idea, which must be interdisicplinary, you should also try to have one or more members of the CU Boulder faculty lined up as potential members of your thesis committee. Refer to the Graduation page for faculty eligibility requirements. If you'd like to see examples of previous General Honors theses, visit the Undergraduate Honors Theses Repository on CU Scholar and search for the keywords "general honors" (in quotes).
How to know which courses count toward the General Honors Core:
All General Honors projects must be approved by the Director of the Honors Program. Once you have completed the General Honors Eligibility Worksheet, contact the Director of the Honors Program to set up a meeting to discuss your project proposal. When you meet with the director, bring your unofficial transcript and completed General Honors Eligibility Worksheet to the meeting, as well as a brief written description of your thesis proposal, and a short bibliography of works you've consulted so far. Be prepared to talk about your project and how you plan to complete it.
If your project is approved, your committee must contain an Honors Council representative from the Honors Program faculty (Abby Hickcox, Janet Jacobs, Daniel Jones, E. Christian Kopff, Paul Strom). This faculty member will function as a co-advisor whose main job will be to ensure your project remains interdisciplinary.
Now that your project has been approved, you can submit your registration paperwork and required attachments and begin your research. You also have the option to receive General Honors research and writing credit by taking HONR 4559: Honors Thesis. If you are writing a General Honors thesis and are interested in HONR 4959: Honors Thesis research and writing credit, please have your thesis advisor email the Honors Program to make the request.