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The English Honors Program

The English Honors Program is designed to provide outstanding English majors with some special options for fulfilling Departmental requirements.  The Program should appeal to students interested in the intensive study of literature in small discussion seminars and in independent exploration of a special topic, of their own choosing, under the guidance of a faculty member.  Typically, students spend a major portion of the senior year writing their Honors thesis.


1. All regular English Department requirements.
2. A minimum of two English Capstone Seminars (ENG 407).
3. Ordinarily two terms of English 403 (Thesis), a directed program of study or creative writing under the guidance of an appropriate advisor.
4. A senior thesis, either a critical essay of 35-50 pages or a substantial piece of creative writing. The thesis must be approved by the advisor and a second reader, usually both faculty in English, after an oral defense.

Applicants must have earned a cumulative GPA in their English classes of 3.7 and completed at least two upper-division English courses, and, if possible, all lower division major requirements, including the Introduction to the Major sequence (ENG 220, 221, & 222). Admission is based upon the applicant’s academic record, a brief description of the applicant’s proposed project, and the recommendation of two faculty members in the Department.

To apply for admission to the English Honors Program contact the Program’s director, Associate Department Head, Heidi Kaufman (