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.
- Important Dates Checklist (Honors students writing a thesis)
- Important Dates Checklist (Students who are both Teaching Fellows and Honors students)
- Important Dates Checklist (Teaching Fellows writing a thesis)
- Honors Thesis Library Policy
- Thesis form
- Sample Title Pages
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
- Within her major (if double majoring, in either major)
- Outside her major, as an interdisciplinary project
- In a creative mode
The Honors Program does have requirements regarding the format of the completed thesis or project.
Recent honors theses topics include the following:
- Effects of occupational therapy exercises on fine motor progression among preschool-aged children with and without Autism (B.A. Psychology)
- Can I trust me to trust you? The influence of self-esteem on brand trust (B.S. Business)
- Diagonal chromatic number of a maximal planar graph of diameter three with twelve vertices (B.A. Mathematics)
- A feminist critical analysis of Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Brontë (B.A. English)
- Long-lasting insecticide treated bed nets confer indirect protective effects against malaria in sub-Saharan Africa (B.S. Biological Sciences)