Review this form your Thesis Supervisor. After securing approval and
signatures from your Thesis Committee, bring the completed form to
the Director of the Honors Program.
A 10-page formal Thesis Prospectus is due by April 30th. It
should include a clear statement of your topic, your approach, the
sources you will use and (where they are), the nature of the current
scholarly discourse(s) relevant to your topic, and a statement of
the relevance or significance of your proposed project.
- The cover page includes a working title of the thesis, the
student's name, and the names of the thesis advisor and two other
- The thesis advisor has signed the cover page of the prospectus
to indicate that he or she has reviewed this checklist with the
student and approves the prospectus.
- The purpose of the planned thesis is clearly stated.
- The questions or hypotheses that the student plans to answer
or test are clearly stated.
- The prospectus presents a plan for independent and original
- The expectations and anticipated results/conclusions have been
Secondary Literature Review
- The relevant secondary literature is clearly presented in the
- The relevant debates within the secondary literature are
presented in the prospectus.
- The studentís has clearly situated the hoped-for contribution
of the proposed project in terms of relevant (and available)
- The potential significance of this project to the current
thinking on the proposed topic has been clearly stated.
- The student has identified or can generate relevant sources
for this project.
- The student's stated approach or methodology is clearly stated
and is likely to be an effective approach for the proposed
- The proposed methodology can be carried out in the amount of
time available with reasonable effort.
Bibliography and Citations
- The bibliography and citations in the text follow a standard
format (such as APA or Chicago style).