Honors in the Major


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 and turn it in to the Program Coordinator before they can add Honors Thesis Hours to their schedule. To arrange for an appointment with the program coordinator, or to ask about upcoming information sessions, please send an email to HITM@fsu.edu.

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The next application deadline is August 2nd, 2019 for students who plan to begin work on their thesis in summer or fall of 2019.

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