Senior Honors Thesis

Honors Thesis

For some students, especially freshmen, the idea of writing a 25-page thesis seems rather daunting. However, in upper-division classes at Liberty, you will probably complete a 15-20 page paper before you even attempt your thesis. In addition, you are encouraged to base your thesis off prior research that you have conducted in your Honors petition classes or other coursework in your major.

One of the major benefits of writing a Senior Honors Thesis is that it provides you with a scholarly writing sample that can become part of your portfolio when making application for graduate schools as well as law and medical schools. One Honors alumnus tells the story of taking a hard bound copy of his thesis with him to his law school interview, and the committee was so impressed with his thesis that they immediately offered him a half tuition scholarship for law school.

Student may choose to write:

  • A Traditional Thesis is research-based and chosen by most majors. The traditional thesis options are an extended research paper requiring scholarly sources, or an empirical study (needing IRB approval).
  • A Creative Thesis, such as writing a play or novel, or producing a short film, is usually chosen by students majoring in a Theatre Arts, English, Cinematic Arts, Studio Arts, and Communications.

One of the favorite moments of any senior is submitting the final copy of their thesis. On the final day of their Senior Thesis class, we offer a senior class party with cookies and punch to celebrate their success.


Outstanding Senior Thesis Award

Each year a plaque is given for the Outstanding Senior Thesis. The 2016 award went to Natalie Rhodes and Connor Schonta. Natalie, an International Relations, Politics and Policy major, for her thesis entitled, "Slaughter and Slavery: A Treatment on ISIS and Islamic Theology" and Connor Schonta, a History major, for his thesis entitled, "The Tragedy of Deportation, An Analysis of Jewish Survivor Testimony on Holocaust Train Deportations."

The 2017 award has been awarded to Megan Merryman for her thesis "Promoting Physical Activity as a Lifestyle through Use of Behavioral Change Theories."

Natalie Rhodes, 2016 Outstanding Senior Thesis Award recipient Connor Schonta, 2016 Outstanding Senior Thesis Award recipient Megan Merryman, 2017 Outstanding Senior Thesis Award recipient