Toward the end of her college career, each Meredith College Honors student conducts an extended research project that demonstrates her mastery of a body of knowledge. The student's Honors thesis or creative project functions as the culmination of her Honors education.
Information and Guidelines
Honors students undertake a rigorous, demanding experience in a chosen field by investigating a significant topic of interest and producing a written thesis which demonstrates the results and implications of this research. Because of the time commitment this requires, students are encouraged to begin work on the thesis project during the semester prior to its submission.
Students are expected to bring their own analysis to what they find in text or data. In fields where empirical research is called for, students involve themselves with data-gathering.
The Honors program imposes few formal restrictions on the Honors thesis / creative project. The program has delegated the most authority to the person with acknowledged expertise in the subject matter area—the thesis director. The Honors student may choose to do a thesis that focuses on content
The Honors Program does have requirements regarding the format of the completed thesis or project.
Honors theses completed in Spring 2015 include the following:
‘Nicotinic receptors’ involvement in Alzheimer's disease’ (B.A. Biology)
‘But first...let me take a selfie: understanding the relation between self-esteem and online self-representation’ (B.S. Accounting)
‘The effects of HIV / AIDS pandemic on vulnerable children in Uganda’ (B.S. Family and Consumer Science)
‘The effectiveness of the North Carolina artificial-limb program for Confederate veterans’ (B.A. History / B.S. Chemistry)
‘How brand presence affects success in the hotel industry’ (B.A. Studio Art)
‘The impact of gender norms on the educational and career choices of young adults’ (B.S. Economics)
‘Young adolescent needs=the Common Core?’ (B.S. Mathematics)
‘Capital punishment, restorative justice, and the Eighth Amendment: American attitudes and adjustments in the definition of "cruel and unusual"’ (B.A. Political Science / English)