Defense Semester

Students complete their Honors Thesis by way of a formal defense in front of their faculty committee during their final term of thesis work. Following the defense, the thesis must be approved by all members of the faculty committee.

To learn all about the Defense Semester, read the Honors in the Major Handbook. The Handbook provides a thorough, more in-depth overview of the information provided below.

Important Deadlines:

  • The Defense Announcement Deadline for Spring 2020 is January 31, 2019, by 4:30 pm Eastern.
  • The Defense Certificate Form and thesis submission to the FSU Research Repository for Spring 2020 are due April 24, 2020, by 4:30 pm Eastern.

Psychology majors should submit their defense paperwork and other materials through the online portal here. 

Defense Announcement

Within the first four weeks of the defense semester, students must schedule the day, time, and location of their defense and get it approved by the full faculty committee. All committee members are expected to be present at the defense. Students with creative projects that require special space reservations, technical considerations, or coordination of performers may want to consider turning in the Defense Announcement early for logistical reasons.

Once the defense is scheduled, complete the Defense Announcement and turn it in to the Honors Program office (HSF2003) by no later than 4:30 pm the day of the posted deadline. 

The Thesis

There are two options for an Honors in the Major Thesis project, the Research Thesis and the Creative Project. Both require some written paper and should have a title page and signature page in the traditional format for an honors thesis. You can download a template title and signature page here.

The Defense

Traditionally the defense is an oral presentation by the student to their faculty committee. It can take place in a classroom or conference room, or in cases of creative projects, in theaters, art galleries, or other performance venues. It is the student's responsibility to ensure the location is reserved and available during the time of the defense.

All members of the faculty committee must be present at the time of defense, although with modern technological advances one faculty member may be able to participate remotely. The student will make an oral presentation of 15-20 minutes, followed by a question-and-answer session of 30-40 minutes.

The Paperwork

Upon successful completion of the thesis defense, students must submit the following forms to the Honors Program Office:

  1. Defense Certificate: must be signed by all members of the faculty committee.
  2. Embargo Request Form: this optional form is used to request that the HITM thesis be hidden on the archive for up to twenty-four (24) months after submission. It is not recommended for general use but is available as an option if the display on DigiNole could negatively impact the student's future plans (mainly for creative projects and papers in line for publication). Students requesting a continuation of their soon-to-expire embargo should also use this form. This form should be signed by the student and the thesis director.

The Archive

All undergraduate theses published at FSU are housed in the DigiNole archive. Students must submit their final signed thesis to the archive as a .PDF file by the final day of classes in order to officially earn Honors in the Major.

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