Honors in the Major


HITM Advising will be offered by Zoom and by telephone for the rest of Spring 2020.

Please scroll to the bottom of this page for additional information.

Students earn Honors in the Major by completing a research thesis or creative project in your major area of study under the guidance of a faculty committee. You will work with this committee to select a topic, develop a prospectus, complete a written document based on your research or creative project, and defend your thesis orally before your committee. This process normally takes two to three semesters, during which you will register for six to nine hours of 4000-level thesis credit. Once you have completed and successfully defended your project, you will graduate "with honors" in your major, a distinction that is announced during commencement and designated on your official transcript (not your diploma).

FSU developed the Honors in the Major Program to encourage students to explore their major disciplines in greater depth by completing a research or creative project, and the program is open to all qualified FSU students (see admission requirements here). While many students conduct traditional research­, the program also supports the creative endeavors of students in majors such as Creative Writing, Dance, Film, Music, Studio Art, and Theatre. We encourage you to explore our website to learn more about admission to the program, program requirements, funding opportunities, and the recent activities of our current students.

Students who intend to apply to Honors in the Major program must complete their application, submit it through the online portal, and receive email notification they have been approved to begin the HITM program before they can add honors thesis hours to their schedule. Any questions? Please first read the Honors in the Major Handbook. If you have additional questions not answered by the Honors in the Major Handbook, visit HITM Drop-In Advising or send an email to Dr. Michael David Franklin at HITM@fsu.edu.

April 24, 2020, is the revised application deadline for students who plan to begin work on their thesis in the Summer 2020 or Fall 2020 semester. The previous deadline was April 10. All students are encouraged to submit their Honors in the Major application through the online portal ahead of April 24 so as to allow enough time for approval and registration. In other words, only after students have been approved to begin the Honors in the Major thesis can they register for the required honors thesis credits.

Honors in the Major advising hours for the rest of the Spring 2020 semester will be by Zoom and by telephone.

  • For Zoom drop-in advising for Honors in the Major with Dr. Franklin, use the following meeting links during the respective days and times posted below:
  • For a telephone advising appointment, email HITM@fsu.edu with your questions and to schedule a time to talk with Dr. Franklin. He will respond to your email in one to two business days.
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