In the final year of undergraduate study, all Honors College students complete a thesis or performance/creative project. You must register for at least 6 thesis credits total. Most students take 8 to 10 thesis credits overall to complete the project over the course of three terms.
The thesis is a serious project, representing a valuable opportunity for Honors students to work closely with a 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 with a C or higher, students write the thesis over two terms and then give a short presentation of their completed project.
Thesis Dates & Deadlines
Students are required to first take the 4-credit HON 403 Thesis Seminar, in which they identify their thesis advisor and write their thesis prospectus. Upon completing HON 403 Seminar with a passing grade, the student will then enroll in one or more of the 2-credit HON 403 Thesis Continuation sections, in which they will complete their thesis. For additional information on this process, please contact the Honors Administrator.
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.