To qualify for the Department of Italian's Honors Program, a
student must have, at the end of her or his junior year, a cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of at
least 3.0, and a GPA of 3.5 or higher in the Italian major.
In order to receive Departmental Honors, eligible students write
an honors thesis. The honors thesis takes two semesters to complete, and counts
for 6 credits toward the major. Students enroll in 495 during the fall
semester, and 496 during the spring semester.
During the first semester, students conduct independent research
and prepare a bibliography on their chosen topic, in consultation with their
faculty adviser. During the second semester, students write and submit the thesis, in consultation with their faculty adviser.
Students interested in pursuing the honors thesis should take the following steps:
- Contact the undergraduate director, who will verify the
student's eligibility (i.e., that the student has the requisite GPA).
Write a brief (400-word) paragraph research proposal, describing
her or his project.
Consult the research profiles of faculty members on the
department website, and select an appropriate faculty adviser.
Contact the appropriate faculty member with her or his research
proposal, requesting that the faculty member advise the honors thesis.