A student in the theater arts major qualifies as a candidate for departmental honors after meeting several requirements: at the time the proposal for candidacy is submitted, the student must have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or better and an average of 3.5 or better in the major; the student must submit to their bachelor of arts (B.A.) adviser a project proposal that has the sanction of one member of the department, approved by the B.A. adviser who has agreed to serve as mentor. The project may take the form of a paper in theater history; or aesthetics and criticism; or may be a creative work in areas of acting and directing, design, or playwriting.
The candidate whose proposal is accepted must enroll in 07:965:493, an honors seminar, or 07:965:494, the thesis project. This project must be completed by May 1 and is judged by the student's mentor and the B.A. adviser and one other faculty member who determine whether the student's work merits high honors, honors, or no honors.