Students do not need to be part of the University Honors Program in order to start their Honors Thesis. In fact, any FSU student with a 3.2 GPA (both FSU and cumulative) and 60 credit hours completed may begin work on their thesis. Additional requirements are in place for specific majors, so be sure to consult your department's Liaison for more details.
Upcoming Application Deadlines
Applications for the Summer 2017 Semester are due by April 28th, 2017 at 4:30pm, EST. It is recommended that students wanting to begin their thesis in Fall 2017 also turn their application in by this deadline if possible.
- Must be a current FSU student
- Must be formally accepted into your major
- Must have a 3.2 FSU GPA
- Must have at least 60 completed college credits
- Must have at least 12 completed FSU credits
- Must have at least 2 semesters remaining until graduation
Finding a Thesis Director
The first step in beginning your application will be finding your thesis director . Your thesis director should be a full-time tenured or tenure-track FSU faculty member in your major. You may already have a faculty member in mind, but if you're not sure who in your department might be a good fit, you can reach out to the Liaison for your department. Most departments at FSU also have faculty research interests listed on their website.
Choosing a Topic
Once you have recruited your thesis director you will work together to clarify a working title for your research. Although this title may be changed, it should give a clear idea of what your research will be about. Often this working title will appear on your transcript, so it is important that it accurately reflect the content of your research.
Your thesis director may also be able to share valuable insights on broadening or narrowing the scope of your research to make sure you are able to conclude your project within your anticipated timeline.
You will also need to discuss your timeline with your thesis director. You are required to complete a minimum of 2 semesters and 6 credit hours in order to earn Honors in the Major. These semesters should be consecutive, with the exception of the summer semester if you will not be on campus. You can take up to 9 credit hours of Honors thesis work over 3 semesters if necessary. All requirements must be met and your thesis must be successfully defended before graduation from FSU with your bachelor's degree.
In order to officially start work on your project you must fill out the application and have it approved and signed by your thesis director, the liaison for your major, and your department chair. Once it has been approved by your department you must turn it in to the Honors Program office in room 2003 HSF by the application deadline. If you or your department wishes to retain a copy of the application, please inform our staff as you turn it in.