Prospectus

Prior to beginning your thesis/capstone, you must submit the Honors Thesis/Capstone Prospectus form to the Honors College.

Honors Prospectus Form

The Honors Thesis/Capstone Prospectus Form is now completely online.

Prospectus Question Guide

To help prepare you for your prospectus, this Prospectus Question Guide will let you know what information is required for your prospectus form submission.  We recommend you answer these questions in a separate Word Doc, then copy/paste your responses into the appropriate question on your prospectus form.

Overview/Purpose

The purpose of the Honors Thesis/Capstone Prospectus is to encourage you to begin thinking about the thesis/capstone in a timely manner and to ensure that you have secured the support of a faculty thesis/capstone advisor. It is an opportunity for you and your faculty advisor to put your shared expectations, research plan, and desired outcomes in writing.

The Honors Thesis/Capstone Prospectus is required in order to graduate with Honors. If you are intending to write a thesis but did not submit a prospectus prior to starting your work, please contact your Honors Academic Advisor in order to discuss your next steps. 

Once you have a topic selected and a faculty advisor secured, the next step is to complete the Honors Thesis/Capstone Prospectus Form. When you complete the form, your thesis advisor will receive a copy, at which point they will either accept your prospectus or suggest edits for it. Once your thesis advisor accepts your prospectus, it will be sent to the Honors College for documentation and recording.

Prospectus/Thesis Due Dates

Step  Timeline
Start thinking of ideas. As early as possible!
Reach out to potential faculty thesis advisors. Junior year (or earlier, if possible)
Attend a thesis information session. Junior year (or earlier, if possible)
Complete and submit the prospectus. End of semester BEFORE you begin your thesis.
Have your department academic advisor enroll you in your thesis units. As soon as possible after submission of the prospectus.