A Guide To Specialized Honors
Specialized Honors are awarded at graduation and noted on the diploma as “With Honors in (a specific field, fields, or interdisciplinary area).” This award indicates that you have:
Each spring semester those students with junior-class standing who have maintained a 3.4 grade point average overall, will receive a letter of invitation from the Director of the Specialized Honors Program. You may do Specialized Honors work only in your last two semesters at Drew. To receive honors at graduation your grade point average must have reached 3.4 overall. You must also have a 3.5 grade point average in courses included in the major or area. If you do not meet the GPA requirements to begin an honors project, you may, with the strong support of your major department or program, petition the Honors Faculty Advisory Committee for permission to pursue Specialized Honors. (Contact Prof. Bjorg Larson, Director of Specialized Honors and Associate Director of Baldwin Honors for more information about submitting petitions to the Honors Faculty Advisory Committee.) However, if your petition is granted, you must meet the GPA requirements by graduation in order for honors to be awarded.
If you are eligible for Specialized Honors and are interested in writing a thesis, you should speak immediately to your adviser and/or to your department/program chair and discuss doing honors in your field. Your adviser or department/program chair will also inform you if your department or program has any additional requirements for students wishing to proceed with specialized honors. You should then discuss your proposed thesis topic with the faculty member you wish to ask to be your thesis adviser. Before the Fall add/drop period ends (preferably during the spring registration period before the fall of your senior year) begin the registration process for 410 by filling out and submitting this online specialized honors request form: Specialized Honors Request Form. When you return to campus in the Fall, have your honors application form (available in the “Forms” section of this website) signed by both the department/program chair and by your thesis adviser before the Fall add/drop period ends.
The application form should be submitted to the Director of the Specialized Honors Program no later than the end of the fall drop/add period of your senior year. The completed application, once signed by both your department/program chair and your thesis adviser, represents your nomination to participate in the Specialized Honors Program. A copy of the Application Form is available here and can also be picked up from the Director of the Specialized Honors Program.
Most students doing Specialized Honors enroll in 410 (fall) and 411 (spring), except in a few departments where a departmental research course is preferred. In most departments enrolling in 410/411 allows you zero to eight credit hours for the research and writing of your thesis. You may write an honors thesis without enrolling in one or both of these courses, but it is not advisable. With your fall grades, you will receive a grade of “X” for 410, which will be converted to a letter grade upon completion of the thesis in the spring. If for some reason you cannot complete your honors thesis but your adviser feels that you have completed work adequate for credit, you may still receive credits for independent study. You may also receive independent study credit and a grade for your honors work if it is completed but judged not worthy of honors by your committee.
You will be proposing a topic when you submit your application form. Discuss with your thesis adviser the topic which interests you as well as the scope, breadth, and depth appropriate for a thesis in your field. This proposed topic may be revised if you and your adviser consider it necessary as the work progresses. Included at the end of this guide is a listing of thesis topics to give you some idea of the variety of topics undertaken in the past. Thesis topics often develop from course or seminar papers or from independent study projects.
A thesis will not necessarily be expected to contain original research or a fresh contribution to knowledge. In your thesis, you will be expected, however, either to give fresh statement to a subject of intellectual importance in your field or to pursue an investigation of some magnitude and to report the significance of the findings to general knowledge in the area of investigation. A thesis may also be a creative project. Your thesis adviser can help you decide whether or not the topic/project you wish to propose is appropriate.
Each discipline approaches research differently, so the most important part of beginning work on your thesis is to plan carefully in close consultation with your adviser. As your work proceeds, stay in regular touch with your adviser. You may want to arrange weekly or bi-weekly appointments with him/her to report on your progress, ask questions, or get feedback. Before you begin to write, discuss your outline or overall plan with your adviser and then, as you begin working on a draft, give your adviser sections for comment as you complete them. Also ask your adviser to recommend the style manual most commonly used in your discipline and use it as a guide for writing and documentation.
Your adviser can help you identify the major bibliographic and research tools in your field. The reference division of the University Library is also prepared to address the special research needs of honors candidates. You may want to make an appointment with a reference librarian for assistance when you are compiling a bibliography or research materials. The Interlibrary loan Office can secure materials for you from other libraries if they are not available in our library. In addition, many large research libraries are within easy commuting distance of Drew.
Your thesis committee reads your thesis and serves as the examining board at your oral defense. The committee consists of three members chosen by you:
Early in the year, discuss the composition of your committee with your adviser. When you have decided on the committee and the faculty members have agreed to serve, have them sign the Honors Committee Form. Return the completed form to the Director of the Specialized Honors Program no later than September 23, 2016.
There are a series of preliminary drafts that are due during the fall and spring semesters (please consult the Honors Calendar). After committee members have had time to look at the thesis, check with them for comments and then consult with your adviser about how to incorporate their comments and suggestions in the final draft.
The final defense draft of the thesis is due to your committee members at least one week before your defense At least one week before you defense, deliver the final defense draft to all your readers. This is the draft on which your defense will be based.
In evaluating your thesis, the committee will consider:
a. the thesis is worthy of honors without revision
b. the thesis is worthy of honors with minor revisions;
c. the thesis may be worthy of honors after major revisions;
d. the thesis is not worthy of honors.
After the committee deliberates and votes, the chair will invite you back into the room and inform you of the result. If revisions are required, the committee will give you specific instructions about how to revise and will agree that either the adviser only should review the revised draft (usually the case for minor revisions) or that the whole committee must approve the revised draft (usually the case for major revisions).
The defense must be scheduled no sooner than 1 week after the date on which a final draft of the thesis is received by the Committee.
After the defense, make any revisions or corrections requested and have the final draft reviewed by your adviser or committee. The Director of the Specialized Honors Program will inform you of the date, about one week before commencement, on which you must upload the PDF to the Library @ http://walter.drew.edu/ETD.
Once you have submitted the thesis, your advisor will receive an email asking whether it is “OK to publish,” to which the advisor will reply CCing you and the Director of Specialized Honors. You have not completed the requirements for Specialized Honors until this step has been completed. Only then will your Honors will be included in the commencement program and conferred at graduation.
If it becomes necessary for you to drop out of the Specialized Honors Program, the following deadlines must be observed:
PDF: Save your thesis in PDF format and upload it to the library @ http://walter.drew.edu/ETD
Type-face: Theses must be double-spaced in 12 pt. font, ideally Times Roman.
Margins: There must be a left-hand margin of 1 1/2 inches and a 1-inch right-hand margin. The top margin should be 1 inch, excluding the page number, and the bottom margin should be 1 1/2 inches from the end of the text or footnotes. Margins are to be maintained throughout the text of your thesis.
Page Numbering: Number pages throughout the text in Arabic numerals in the upper right-hand corner. Numbering begins with the first page of your text and continues through the bibliography and appendices. Pages for front matter (title page, dedication, abstract and table of contents) should not be numbered.
Footnotes: Footnotes may appear at the bottom of the page, the end of each chapter, or at the end of the text according to the style manual or specifications of your department or area.
Quotations: Quotations should follow the style manual or specifications of the department/program.
Bibliography: The bibliography should follow the style manual or specifications of the department/program.
Special Formatting: Art works, musical compositions, photographs, etc. may require special accommodations which should be decided on early in your work in consultation with your thesis adviser and the Systems Librarian.
The Abstract: A summary or abstract of 200-500 words must accompany the copy of the thesis which is deposited with the Reference Counter of the Library. This abstract should be included in the PDF immediately following the title page.
ETD Release Form: This form gives the library permission to post the PDF of your thesis on the library’s web site. Please print and sign the form (http://walter.drew.edu/ETD/ETDRelease.pdf) and deliver it to the library.
Contents: The thesis should contain the following sections:
College of Liberal Arts
The Spirit of the Nation:
The Young Ireland Movement
A Thesis in History
Submitted in Partial Fulfillment
of the Requirements
for the Degree of
Bachelor in Arts
With Specialized Honors in History
The Significance of the Masses of Dufay to the History of Renaissance and Sacred Music
The Role of Black Americans in the American Foreign Policy Apparatus
The Snake in Ancient Art
The Vietnam Film in Popular Culture
Future of the Intelligence Agencies in the Post-Cold War Period
Behavioral and Physiological Effects of a Vitamin E Deficiency in Rats
The New York Legal Aid Strike: A Multi-Disciplinary Strike
Jung’s Image of God
An Economic Analysis of Canadian Health Insurance
Karl Marx and the Paris Commune
Preparation of Imidazole, Benzodioxane, and Cyclic Guanidine Derivatives and Examination of Their Biological Activity
La técnica narrativa en dos novelas de Mario Vargas Llosa: La tía tula y el escribidor y Pantaleón y los visitadores
Rimbaud, La naissance d’un nouveau langage poètique
Mazinodol Analogs as Potential Inhibitors of the Cocaine Binding Sites
The Attribution of Guilt in Rape Cases
Europe’s Role in the Post-Cold War Transatlantic Security Relationship
Kinship and the State: An African-American Family 1880-1994