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 Honors Program office in 2003 HSF by the deadline 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, send an email to HITM@fsu.edu.

The next application deadline is April 10, 2020, for students who plan to begin work on their thesis in the Summer 2020 or Fall 2020 semester.


Drop-in advising hours in HSF 2003 with Dr. Michael David Franklin for Honors in the Major questions or concerns not addressed by the Honors in the Major Handbook for the Spring 2020 semester are:

  • Monday, 1 to 3 pm
  • Friday, 9 to 10 am
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