In the final year of undergraduate study, Honors College students complete a thesis. The thesis is a serious project, representing a valuable opportunity for UHC students to work closely with senior faculty. To begin the thesis, students must take one semester of the Thesis Seminar offered through the Honors College during the fall, winter, and spring terms. After passing the Thesis Seminar, students write the thesis over two terms and then give a short presentation of their completed project.
Thesis Seminar: 4 credits
The first part of the thesis is the 4 credit Thesis Seminar (HON 403), which may be taken in fall, winter or spring as a junior or senior. During the Thesis Seminar you will find a thesis adviser and compose a prospectus. Take the Thesis Seminar at least three terms before you plan to graduate so that you have at least two terms to finish the thesis once your project is approved.
Thesis: 4-6 credits
Once you have completed the Thesis Seminar with approval from your thesis adviser and the Thesis Seminar instructor, your Thesis Seminar instructor will provide you with a CRN to register for thesis credits. You receive 4-6 credits for the thesis. The thesis is due in the 8th week of the final quarter of work on the project. There is a D2L component of the thesis in which you will be enrolled beginning with the Thesis Seminar and for the duration of your thesis project.
The last part of the thesis is a 5 minute presentation you will give in front of a faculty committee (comprised of the director of the Honors College, your thesis adviser, and third faculty member, preferably from your major department). Faculty and students in the Honors College and your guests are encouraged to attend. Review the Thesis Presentation Guidelines to prepare for your presentation.
Students also have the option of presenting their thesis project at the PSU Student Research Symposium in early May each year. Proposals for the Student Research Symposium open each year at the end of February and are due by early April.
Thesis Archives in PDXScholar
Honors theses are stored online through the PSU Library. Read past Honors theses online at PDXScholar.
Honors theses are also available in the Undergraduate Research Commons, showcasing undergraduate research from universities nationwide.