(Many departments require that you submit a proposal for an honors thesis project during the spring of your junior year.) How should you choose a topic?The senior year is an exceptionally busy time for college students.Working backwards from that deadline, figure out how much time you can allow for the various stages of production. Use it, however, with two caveats in mind: Avoid falling into the trap of procrastination. For some tips on how to do this, see our handout on procrastination.
Whether it’s the short stories of Flannery O’Connor or the challenges of urban poverty, you’ve studied topics in college that really piqued your interest.
Now’s your chance to follow your passions, explore further, and contribute some original ideas and research in your field.
Look for examples from the previous year in the Carolina Digital Repository.
You may also be able to find past theses collected in your major department or at the North Carolina Collection in Wilson Library.
Or maybe you’ll spend that fifteen minutes taking notes on a book.
The important thing is to accomplish a bit of active production (i.e., putting words on paper) for your thesis every day.Writing a senior honors thesis, or any major research essay, can seem daunting at first.A thesis requires a reflective, multi-stage writing process. It is targeted at students in the humanities and social sciences, since their theses tend to involve more writing than projects in the hard sciences.Some goal-setting will be done for you if you are taking a required class that guides you through the honors project.But any substantive research project requires a clear timetable. Find out the final deadline for turning in your project to your department.It also might help you decide whether to pursue that field in graduate school or in your future career.It’s a good idea to review some of the honors theses other students have submitted to get a sense of what an honors thesis might look like and what kinds of things might be appropriate topics. Fw-300 #ya-qn-sort h2 /* Breadcrumb */ #ya-question-breadcrumb #ya-question-breadcrumb i #ya-question-breadcrumb a #bc .ya-q-full-text, .ya-q-text #ya-question-detail h1 html[lang="zh-Hant-TW"] .ya-q-full-text, html[lang="zh-Hant-TW"] .ya-q-text, html[lang="zh-Hant-HK"] .ya-q-full-text, html[lang="zh-Hant-HK"] .ya-q-text html[lang="zh-Hant-TW"] #ya-question-detail h1, html[lang="zh-Hant-HK"] #ya-question-detail h1 /* Trending Now */ /* Center Rail */ #ya-center-rail .profile-banner-default .ya-ba-title #Stencil . Bgc-lgr .tupwrap .comment-text /* Right Rail */ #Stencil . Fw-300 .qstn-title #ya-trending-questions-show-more, #ya-related-questions-show-more #ya-trending-questions-more, #ya-related-questions-more /* DMROS */ .Even if the thesis is the only thing on your plate, you still need to make a systematic schedule for yourself.Most departments require that you take a class that guides you through the honors project, so deadlines likely will be set for you.