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 3.20 GPA (both FSU and cumulative) and 60 credit hours completed at the time of application 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.
To learn all about applying to and preparing for the Honors in the Major Program, read the Honors in the Major Handbook. The Handbook provides a thorough, more in-depth overview of the information provided below.
Upcoming Application Deadlines
August 1, 2020, is the extended application deadline for all students who plan to begin work on their thesis in the Fall 2020 semester. All students are encouraged to submit their Honors in the Major application through the online portal ahead of July 16 so as to allow enough time for approval and registration during the July 16-31 registration window. 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.
- Click here for a PDF of the HITM application.
- Use HelloSign.com, an e-signature platform with a free trial, to electronically gather the signatures of your thesis director, your department's honors liaison, and your department chair or area lead.
- Submit the application through the HITM online portal.
All students planning to begin their honors thesis in Fall 2020 must submit their application through the HITM online portal. Hard copies of the application will not be accepted.
- Must be a current FSU student
- Must be formally accepted into your major at the time of application
- Must have a 3.20 GPA (FSU and Cumulative) at the time of application
- Must have at least 60 completed college credits at the time of application
- Must have at least 12 completed FSU credits at the time of application
- 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 will be a full-time tenured, tenure-track, or specialized FSU faculty member in your major. If a specialized faculty member, they must have a terminal degree in the field or must have graduate faculty status. 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.
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.
Setting Your 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 as a PDF file via the online portal by the application deadline.