The honors thesis is a substantial study of a carefully defined topic in American Studies. It argues an original thesis supported by both primary and critical sources. It should be interdisciplinary in method and sources.

Any American Studies major with a 3.5 average in the major at the end of the junior year is eligible to apply for permission to write an honors thesis. Successful completion of the honors thesis requires students to:

  • work independently
  • conduct sustained research, including breadth across multiple disciplines and depth in at least one
  • write intensively and extensively, meeting several deadlines along to the way to completing the final product

Past honors theses have covered a wide variety of topics in American Studies.

To learn more, please review theĀ American Studies honors thesis guidelines and cover sheet.