The thesis is one of the most satisfying and memorable experiences on the Clark Honors College journey - an opportunity to stretch the boundaries of the university, and to venture out into the larger world. You will conduct original research, write a graduate-level academic paper, and orally defend your work to your faculty thesis committee.
The thesis itself is not a credit-granting course; however, there are two preparatory courses leading up to your final thesis project:
- HC 408H: Thesis Orientation (1 credit)
- HC 477H: Thesis Prospectus (2 credits)
Thesis Orientation: This course is optional, but highly recommended. You should take Thesis Orientation during winter or spring term of your second year, or during fall or winter term of your third year. A one-day workshop with follow-up meetings, the course looks at research questions in different majors, suggests tactics for identifying potential thesis advisors, and helps you map out your thesis timetable.
Thesis Prospectus: This required course is pass/no-pass. Thesis prospectus classes in other departments cannot satisfy the CHC requirement. In order to enroll in Thesis Prospectus you must identify and secure permission from your Primary Thesis Advisor in your major department, and apply through the CHC's thesis program manager to take the course the term before you plan to enroll in it. The course provides a framework for you to work with your Thesis Advisor to develop a prospectus and timeline for thesis work throughout the year. Ideally you should take Thesis Prospectus spring term of your third year.