Fourth Year - Honors Thesis

In the final year of undergraduate study, all Honors College students complete a thesis. The thesis is a serious research project, representing a valuable opportunity for Honors students to work closely with a faculty advisor from their major departmentStudents generally take 8 credits of thesis coursework to complete the project in two terms; the minimum number of thesis credits required to graduate is six.  


PDX.Scholar Submission & Approval Process

Thesis Symposium Presentation Requirements

        Symposium Schedule*

* The schedule will be updated daily.  Please check frequently as your presentation time will change if a member of your presentation group withdraws


The Honors College wants our students to know that we are aware of some possible difficulties with completing theses this spring. We understand the challenges you face during the current public health crisis and will work with you to arrive at the best solution for your particular situation. If you are concerned or have questions, please reach out to your HON 403 Thesis instructor or to UHC Thesis Coordinator Cornelia Coleman or UHC Advisor Brianna Avery.  We are here to help you successfully complete and present your thesis.


If you missed the Thesis Presentation Info Session:   

The meeting PPT can be accessed HERE


Spring 2020 Thesis - Intent to Present

If you haven't already done so, please fill out the Spring 2020 Intent to Present form.  This form is editable, so please feel free to update your information at any time.  The Spring 2020 deadline to indicate your intention to present your thesis is April 20, 2020.  If you decide to delay thesis completion to Summer 2020 or Fall 2020, you may use this form to update your information.


Thesis Dates & Deadlines - Spring 2020

Deadline for submission of the completed thesis is Friday of week eight of the term in which the student completes their thesis coursework.
Due to the 8-week Summer Session, Summer thesis deadlines are much tighter than in other terms.
If you'd like to finish your thesis and present in Summer, you must first confirm that your thesis advisor is available to review and approve your thesis on this timeline.  Many professors are on a nine-month schedule and are not available between June 16th and September 15th.

Honors Thesis Handbook

  • Please refer to the handbook if you have questions about any aspect of the thesis process. 
  • The handbook is updated every term and contains information for both Honors Thesis students and their Departmental Thesis Advisors.
  • 2019-20 Thesis Handbook

Fact Sheets for Departmental Thesis Advisors

Thesis Orientation

Honors offers a Thesis Orientation for students seeking more information about the thesis process, and several sessions are offered each term during the academic year.  At the Orientation you will learn more about thesis requirements and processes, as well as getting answers to frequently (and not-so-frequently!) asked questions. While the Thesis Orientation is not required at this time, it is strongly recommended for all UHC students. Students may attend the orientation at any point during their time in Honors; we have found it to be particularly useful for transfer students entering Honors in their Junior year.  
Orientations are not offered during the Summer term.

Thesis Requirements

Students are required to first take the 4-credit HON 403 Thesis: Prospectus 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 4-credit HON 403 Thesis Continuation sections, in which they will complete their thesis.

For additional information on the thesis process (for students) and information on acting as a departmental thesis advisor (for faculty), please review the 2019-20 UHC Thesis Handbook. 

For a fillable PDF of the Thesis Prospectus Signature Sheet click HERE.

HON 403 Thesis By-Arrangement Requirements

Students generally take 8 credits of thesis coursework to complete the project in two terms: HON 403 Thesis: Prospectus and HON 403 Thesis: Continuation.  While Honors strongly recommends that students fulfill these requirements by enrolling in one of the HON 403 sections offered each term, we do understand that there may be circumstances in which the student must take the course on a By-Arrangement basis. 

Taking HON 403 as a By-Arrangement should be undertaken only by self-motivated students ready to assume the increased responsibilities of working independently, maintaining close contact with their Departmental Thesis Advisor and the UHC Thesis Coordinator, and meeting published thesis deadlines without the structure and mentorship provided by UHC faculty acting as HON 403 instructors. Without the structure and accountability of regular meetings, some students attempting this option require additional time to complete their thesis, thus delaying graduation by one or more terms.  

For more information and to see if you qualify for this option, click HERE.

Thesis Presentation

The last part of the thesis is participation in a symposium at which you will present your work. Your Departmental Advisor, UHC faculty and students, and your guests are encouraged to attend. 

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.


If you still have questions after reviewing the Thesis Handbook, please email Honors College Thesis Coordinator Cornelia Coleman (  Please include your name, PSU ID number, and projected term of graduation in all correspondence.