The Honors in the Major (HITM) Program

***The deadline to submit an application to start a thesis in Summer or Fall 2023 has passed. Students are encouraged to apply during the Fall 2023 semester to start a thesis in Spring 2024!***

The Honors in the Major Program (HITM) allows students to take their college experience to the next level. HITM students complete a thesis project based on research done in their major area of study. This advanced research project allows students to work closely with top-tier faculty to produce innovative and groundbreaking work. This process helps students hone their research and presentation skills, preparing them for the rigors and challenges of the professional world.

To be eligible, students must have a minimum 3.200 GPA and at least 60 college credit hours, with two full semesters to go before graduation. The rewards are worth the work. By successfully completing and defending their thesis project, students earn the distinction of "with Honors" in their area of study. Those who complete both HITM and the University Honors Program receive special recognition at the annual Honors Medallion Ceremony and earn both distinctions on their transcript.

For more information about the thesis project, please consult our Honors in the Major Handbook.

Questions about the program should be directed to Dr. Michael David Franklin, Assistant Director of the Honors in the Major Program, at

Below are Summer 2023 deadlines for the Honors in the Major Program.


Summer 2023 Deadlines

Required Document(s) Deadline
Defense Announcement Form June 9, 2023 by 4:30 p.m.
Prospectus Approval Form June 30, 2023 by 4:30 p.m.
Defense Certificate Form and final thesis submission to DigiNole August 4, 2023 by 4:30 p.m.
Application to start HITM in Spring 2024 November 24, 2023 by 4:30 p.m.