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Senior Honors Thesis

The Senior Honors Thesis is the capstone project taken during an Honors student’s last semester. All Honors students must complete a Senior Honors Thesis to graduate from the Honors Program. LU’s Scholars Crossings publishes Honors Theses electronically so that our Honors students’ scholarly research and creative projects are available to the global academic community. Honors theses completed since 2007 are available through Scholars Crossings (if submitted by the author). All Honors Theses completed from the 1980s to present are also available in print at the Honors Program archives. On July 2018, there were 18,433 full-text downloads of Senior Honors Theses written by Honors Program students. The most popular papers were:

Understanding the Thesis Process

Students must enroll in and pass HONR 495, which is a required 3-credit class that receives a letter grade. The expectations and goals of the Honors thesis are to produce a product that is a serious piece of scholarly writing in that student’s major field of study:

  • the paper length is 25 pages
  • students 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.

Thesis Proposal

During an Honors student’s junior year, he or she is required to submit a thesis proposal which involves the following:

  • Proposal form (signed by committee and department chair)
  • 3-5 page proposal
  • 20-source bibliography


Outstanding Senior Thesis Award

Each year a plaque is given for the Outstanding Senior Thesis. The 2018 award went to Caleb Brown and Brodie Robinson.

Brodie Robinson

2018 Outstanding Thesis Award Recipient Major: English Thesis: “From Heo to Zir:  A History of Gender Expression in the English Language.”

Caleb Brown

2018 Outstanding Thesis Award Recipient Major: Philosophy
Thesis: “The God Who Can Be Trusted.”