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Writing a senior thesis confers University Honors and presents an opportunity to delve into a year-long research project on a topic of interest with close advisement and encouragement from a Classics faculty member.

The Thesis Proposal

A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.6 in Classics courses is required for students to enroll in the honors program.  Very early on (as early as Fall Quarter of the junior year), the student should approach Classics faculty members to find a suitable supervisor and discuss ideas for projects. The undergraduate director or your major advisor can be helpful in narrowing down topics and suggesting appropriate supervisors. Some proposals may be deemed unfeasible if no faculty member with appropriate expertise is available to supervise your project.  Winter Quarter of the junior year is usually spent working with the chosen supervisor, developing the topic,  planning any necessary research, applying for research funding, and crafting a 4 pp.-long preliminary proposal due to the department by April 15th.  The undergraduate committee provides feedback on proposals with potential. 

The final draft of your thesis proposal is due the first day of classes, Fall Quarter of the senior year.  The department gives approval only if it is satisfied that the student has a sound research proposal and sufficient background or training in the general areas the thesis covers. Proposals may be passed or failed; revisions may be requested before the student is allowed to proceed with the project.

The Thesis

The student spends senior year engaged in thesis work and may enroll in CLASSICS 199: Undergraduate Thesis for up to 6 units per term, no more than 10 units overall.  Depending on the nature of the research, the undergraduate director can approve these units to count towards Classics major requirements.  The thesis is due in May of the senior year and reviewed by at least two faculty members.  If it receives a grade of B+ or higher, honors is conferred at graduation and appears on both the diploma and official transcript.

Honors College

This is an optional September program for seniors working toward honors theses. Classics does not run an honors college but can attach you to a department that does if the request is made by the preliminary proposal deadline.