to find forms for completing an Honors Thesis.
Beginning in AY 2016-17, there will be two options for majors who wish to pursue honors in history. Both options involve writing a 50-75 page honors thesis during the senior year. The completed thesis should either advance a fresh approach to a topic or test a hypothesis. While most students will proceed with an honors research project based on primary sources, we also encourage students to consider comparative topics that engage the secondary literature across various fields and time periods. Both options for pursuing honors have the same eligibility requirements: honors candidates are expected to have a GPA within the major of 3.4 (B+) or higher, and to have completed History 204, a 300 level history course, and at least three history courses in the field in which the student intends to write the thesis.
DEFINITION OF THE HONORS THESIS
An Honors Thesis can be written in any major. A thesis may take a variety of formats — from a traditional scholarly paper to a design portfolio; from a business plan to a performance — but will always include a written component fully explaining the student's research and will be defended before a faculty committee. Thesis research is presented to the LSU community at the annual Ogden Honors College Undergraduate Research Colloquium and is also shared at academic conferences and journals.
Students who have demonstrated excellence and superior academic performance may be eligible to undertake an honors thesis in Government and Law.
Writing an honors thesis is exciting and very rewarding, but it can also be challenging, exhausting, and far more time consuming that you imagine. Ideally, you need to start thinking about potential topics and meeting with potential advisors by the end of your sophomore year. The deadline to declare your intent to write an honors thesis (by and sumbitting it to the IAS main office) is the second Friday in April of your junior year. You must have your thesis advisor secured at this time. [For those students graduating in December, the deadline for the intent form is the second Friday in November of their junior year.]IAS majors who write an honors thesis are eligible for Latin Honors (level is determined by the College of Arts & Sciences) and are strongly encouraged to submit to and present at the .The Library acquires copies of honors theses to serve the needs of students and faculty, to provide access to Whitman College scholarship outside the Whitman community, and to ensure that these original works are available to researchers for consultation in the future.Departments are asked to distribute these guidelines to all honors students whose theses will be acquired by the Library. The guidelines are to be followed by the students in the preparation of their honors theses.Only those students who meet the minimum GPA requirement (3.65) and successfully complete an IAS senior honors thesis are eligible for Latin Honors. Honors Theses Deadlines
For December 2016 graduates, theses are due on December 9, 2016
For May 2017 graduates, theses are due on April 28, 2017
For August 2017 graduates, theses are due on August 31, 2017Your Honors thesis represents the culmination of your Honors academic career. When you are finished, you will have produced something that is a unique contribution to your field. While you will work with multiple people who will support your efforts, your thesis is your own. For many students, the thesis is the first time they have attempted a project of this scale, so it should be viewed as a learning experience—no one starts out knowing how to do a thesis!Honors thesis writers should submit a formal proposal by the end of September. This proposal should clearly outline the main question(s) of the thesis; identify the core literature to be consulted; discuss the data to be acquired and analyzed and the methods proposed; and include a basic timeline for key tasks.Sociology and Anthropology majors qualify for writing an Honors Thesis if their major and cumulative grade point averages are at least 3.25. Please talk to a specific professor with whom you would like to work as your thesis advisor to work out the details of the project. We also suggest you talk to a specific professor with whom you would like to work as your thesis advisor. The courses listed for Honors Thesis are Anthropology 493 (3 credits in the fall, 3 credits in the winter) and Sociology 493 (3 credits in the fall, 3 credits in the winter).An Honors undergraduate thesis requires greater depth than a typical course-related research paper. The greater depth is the natural outcome of choosing a topic in which a student already has a good deal of background, and is made possible by the student‘s commitment to spending a more extended period of time on background research, scholarly effort, and preparing the final product.
The Honors Thesis is formally completed over two semesters in the senior year, although students often begin building a body of research and prior relationship with a faculty research mentor long before the senior year, through campus jobs and independent study courses. The Honors Thesis is sometimes our students' first experience with managing a long-term independent project, and Honors College faculty and staff provide extensive support throughout the process.Isabella Chantel Denay Gauthier, Special Education
Thesis Supervisor: Dr. Rachael Gabriel
Gender and Reading Proficiency: Is There a Significant Relationship for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders?
School achievement studies have consistently shown that female students demonstrate higher levels of reading achievement and intrinsic reading motivation when compared to male students (Schwabe, McElvany, & Trendtel, 2015). Many studies tend to focus on the general education population when comparing scores between female and male students, and not the special education population. The purpose of this honors thesis is to provide quantitative data that will explore the relationship of reading achievement scores and gender with students who have been diagnosed with Autism spectrum disorders. The study methodology includes a quantitative two-way analysis of variance (ANOVA). The results from the study indicate that there is no significant difference between the grades, or between genders, or with the interaction of the two when looking at reading achievement scores of students who have been diagnosed with Autism spectrum disorders.