Requirements for Honors in English (ID):
Students seeking interdepartmental honors in English have a 10-course requirement, the usual eight and the two-term thesis seminar. Be advised that Honors ID majors, like full Honors majors, must take the Literary Theory course EGL 302 in their Junior year and meet the other qualifications for honors.
In the two-term honors thesis seminar (EGL 402 / EGL 403 ) students are expected to learn research methods, discuss their subjects and approaches to them, and share ideas and writing, as they work toward completing their individual theses under the direction of the seminar instructor. Prospective Honors thesis and Honors ID thesis writers take the Literary Theory Seminar EGL 302 in Winter of their Junior year, prior to applying to write a thesis, whether proposing a creative or an analytical thesis. Students proposing creative theses should have already participated in a creative writing workshop in the proposed genre. Interested students should discuss possible thesis subjects with their advisor and other departmental members in order to develop an appropriate thesis topic. Prospective Honors thesis students apply by submitting a two-to three-page thesis proposal with a writing sample in the appropriate genre in Spring of their junior year, for review by the department’s Honors thesis selection committee.
ID Majors should be particularly attentive to whether the other part of the ID Major requires a thesis to complete the major since English does not and only admits honors thesis students by application.