Thesis Planning Timeline

During Your First / Second Year
  • Take the 200-level Arts & Letters or Social Science Research Course
  • Declare your major and your degree
  • Consider studying abroad to conduct research for your project
  • Take classes in your major on topics that interest you, and get to know your professors. You'll need to ask one of them to be your thesis advisor some day!
  • Join a research project
  • Take HC 408H: Thesis Orientation

Female student in class

During Your Third Year
  • Narrow in on the topic you want to pursue
  • Ask a professor to be your Primary Thesis Advisor
  • Take HC 477H: Thesis Prospectus
    • Submit the Thesis Prospectus Application Form (signed by your Primary Thesis Advisor), along with a one-page outline of your thesis idea and a bibliography, to the Academic & Thesis Programs Manager, Miriam Jordan, no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday of Week 6 the term before you intend to enroll in HC 477H.
  • Identify your CHC Representative, and then notify the Academic & Thesis Programs Manager via email
  • Take independent Research or Thesis credits in your major
  • Apply for CHC Thesis Research Grants

A professor talking to a student

During Your Fourth Year
  • Identify your second reader, an expert in your thesis field.
  • Schedule your thesis defense no later than 10 calendar days into the term that you plan to defend.
  • ONE MONTH BEFORE DEFENSE
    • Complete a Defense Draft of your thesis and submit it to your Primary Thesis Advisor.
  • 10 DAYS BEFORE DEFENSE
    • Submit the defense draft of your thesis to your Thesis Defense Committee members.
  • DAY OF DEFENSE
    • Defend your thesis and receive your evaluation.
  • POST-DEFENSE (NO LATER THAN NOON ON THURSDAY OF WEEK 10)
    • Make required revisions to your thesis, and follow your Primary Thesis Advisor’s instructions on submitting the revised draft to him/her for final approval.

Amelia Fitch in the lab


2017-18 Thesis Deadlines:

If you will defend your thesis Fall Term:

  • October 20th: Last day to schedule a thesis defense for Fall Term
  • November 22nd: All Fall thesis defenses must be completed by this date
  • November 30th by Noon: Final Electronic Archival Copy of the Thesis (in Word) and accompanying paperwork are due to the Academic & Thesis Programs Manager

If you will defend your thesis Winter Term:

  • February 2nd: Last day to schedule a thesis defense for Winter Term
  • March 9th: All Winter thesis defenses must be completed by this date
  • March 16th by Noon: Final Electronic Archival Copy of the Thesis (in Word) and accompanying paperwork are due to the Academic & Thesis Programs Manager

If you will defend your thesis Spring Term:

  • April 13th: Last day to schedule a thesis defense for Spring Term
  • June 1st: All Spring thesis defenses must be completed by this date
  • June 7th by Noon: Final Electronic Archival Copy of the Thesis (in Word) and accompanying paperwork are due to the Academic & Thesis Programs Manager

Miriam Jordan

Academic & Thesis Programs Manager

Miriam Alexis Jordan

Office: 104B McArthur Court
Phone: 541-346-2511
Email: mjordan@uoregon.edu