Honors Projects

Reference the Curriculum page for information on the types of Honors courses.

Included on that page is a description of three types of projects that can be completed in fulfillment of coursework requirements. Described are three project types that students choose to complete for credit in the Honors Extended Course and the Honors Seminar.

The Honors Project for the two semesters of Honors Colloquium has a similar description. The Colloquium project, or Honors Research Project, however, is more comprehensive. The student begins conceptualizing the project in the early weeks of HNR 204 (semester 1, Honors Colloquium), firms up the project description and methodology by writing a research prospectus by the end of HNR 204. In HNR 205 (semester 2 of Honors Colloquium), the student focuses substantial energy on research and analysis. The project is completed, presented, and evaluated according to the parameters agreed upon by the student and Colloquium Professor.

Each Honors Research Project is an ambitious undertaking that challenges the student and provides immense satisfaction as the student approaches completion. It is also a meaningful experience from which other class members learn a great deal. Other faculty and staff devote themselves to mentoring students through the process of project development, so they also earn great satisfaction at its culmination.

Repeated below is information on three types of projects that are appropriate for Honors Projects. Students will definitely shape their projects, in consultation with their Honors Director and Mentor, and the descriptions below should be seen as minimal expectations–perhaps more appropriate for projects for Extended/Seminar courses.

Dare to try!

Honors Projects may be one of three major types or a combination of these types:

For In-Depth Library Research select from the following research methodologies: Secondary Data Analysis (Quantitative); Existing Statistics (Quantitative); Content Analysis (Either Quantitative or Qualitative, often combines both).

For a Field/Applied Research select from the following research methodologies: Experiments (Quantitative); Surveys (Quantitative); Interview (Qualitative); Observation (Usually Qualitative although can be Quantitative); Ethnography (Qualitative).

For a Creative Project, state what research methods (collection of photographs, composing songs, writings, paintings, etc.) you will use. State how you will address the research problem/questions/thesis. How are you contributing to this creative arena?