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Honors Thesis

The undergraduate Honors thesis is designed to serve as the capstone work to an undergraduate degree and are one means by which students can demonstrate their readiness to join a graduate program. Through the mentorship of a faculty committee, an undergraduate student will complete a research or creative project and is designed to add to the body of knowledge in their given major or minor. Keep in mind that theses can take a variety of forms – from conducting laboratory research or building an engineering project to arranging a portfolio of original music or writing a novel.

Yes, you can!

The idea of working on an Honors thesis can seem overwhelming to many students. You, however, have faculty; academic counselors, resources, and sometime money to see your thesis project through to completion. Most importantly, you have your undergraduate career to build upon – the skills you’ve developed, the theoretical and applied lessons learned, the relationships you’ve built; you are your greatest asset!

As you move through your thesis proposal and thesis, you will be the creative director of a short video to showcase why your research is meaningful for the public at-large and a research poster to demonstrate your contributions to your discipline. You will have the satisfaction of knowing the world is a better place for all of your efforts.

Do I have to enroll in a class?

While enrolling in the HON 4993 course write a thesis proposal or complete research and writing of a thesis is the most common approach (and recommended), students may elect to work on a thesis project without enrolling in a thesis course. While satisfying the hours require for your degree should remain your first priority, completing the thesis stands alone as a benefit itself. Should you find yourself concerned about going beyond the 150 credit-hour ceiling, you may elect to conduct a thesis project without enrolling in the course. Keep in mind that, unlike traditional classes, you will meet with your thesis committee at times and for durations of your choosing.

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Email all required materials to honors@utsa.edu

Honors College Thesis Handbook

Recommended Thesis Proposal and Completion Dates
  Two Semester Thesis
Proposal Fall Spring Summer
Thesis Proposal/Thesis Registration Form By second week of the semester
Submit Complete Draft to Thesis Advisor Nov 1 Apr 1 July 5
Submit Complete Draft to Readers Nov 15 Apr 15 July 20
Video (Fall): Script & Video Aesthetic Plan Nov 1    
Video (Fall): Send as Link to OIT Library 5pm Last Day of Finals    
OUR Conference (Spring)   In April, see Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry Showcase  
Proposal Submitted with Signed Thesis Proposal Approval Form 5pm Last Day of Finals
 
Thesis Fall Spring Summer
Thesis Proposal/Thesis Registration Form By second week of the semester
Submit Complete Draft to Thesis Advisor Nov 1 Apr 1 July 5
Submit Complete Draft to Readers Nov 15 Apr 15 July 20
Video (Fall): Script & Video Aesthetic Plan Nov 1    
Video (Fall): Send as Link to OIT Library 5pm Last Day of Finals    
OUR Conference (Spring)   In April, see Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry Showcase  
Thesis Submitted with Signed Signature Page *,**  
 
  Single Semester Thesis
Thesis Fall Spring Summer
Thesis Proposal/Thesis Registration Form By Second Week of the Semester
Submit Complete Draft to Thesis Advisor Nov 1 Apr 1 July 5
Submit Complete Draft to Readers Nov 15 Apr 15 July 20
Video (Fall): Script & Video Aesthetic Plan Nov 1    
Video (Fall): Send as Link to OIT Library 5pm Last Day of Finals    
OUR Conference (Spring)   In April, see Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry Showcase  
Thesis Submitted with Signed Signature Page *,** 5pm Last Day of Finals
       
  NO 4993 Course Thesis
Thesis Fall Spring Summer
Thesis Proposal/Thesis Registration Form (for records, will not enroll) After finding advisor After finding advisor After finding advisor
Submit Complete Draft to Thesis Advisor Nov 1 Apr 1 July 5
Submit Complete Draft to Thesis Advisor Nov 1 Apr 1 July 5
Submit Complete Draft to Readers Nov 15 Apr 15 July 20
Video (Fall): Script & Video Aesthetic Plan Nov 1    
Video (Fall): Send as Link to OIT Library 5pm Last Day of Finals    
OUR Conference (Spring)   In April, see Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry Showcase  
Final Thesis Submitted with Completed Signature Page * 5pm Last Day of Finals
 
* - The Signature
** - In case of faculty absence, advisor/reader may submit email approval to the Honors Academic Counselor responsible for thesis.