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Communication Studies and Theatre Honors Projects

Students may achieve one of three levels of graduations honors. The requirements for each are listed below:

Summa Cum Laude

  • GPA 3.9
  • Completion of an honors project with a grade of A
  • Satisfactorily pass an honors oral examination

Magna Cum Laude

  • GPA 3.7
  • Completion of an honors project with a grade of B or better
  • Satisfactorily pass an honors oral examination

Cum Laude

  • GPA 3.4
  • Satisfactorily pass an honors oral examination

As indicated above, you will need to complete an honors project if you plan to graduate summa cum laude or magna cum laude. The first thing you will need to do is pick a faculty advisor for the project. You should pick a faculty member based on your subject of study and methodological interests. This person does not have to be a member of the department in which you are majoring. Set up an appointment with the faculty member sometime by the end of your junior year to begin discussing your interests.

Some students choose to complete an honors project over two semesters by applying for an independent study the fall of their senior year and then registering for an honors project the spring of their senior year. Other students choose to complete an honors project over the course of one semester, either the fall or spring of their senior year. Talk to your advisor about which option would be best for your particular project. In either case you will need to fill out an Honors Project application and submit it to the Academic Dean. Forms for applying for both an independent study and an honors project can be found here: registrar forms.

Honors projects involving human participants (with the exception of Oral Histories) need to seek Institutional Review Board approval. Information about the IRB and the IRB application forms can be found on the Institutional Review Board page: IRB page . It is recommended that IRB approval be obtained prior to submitting an Honors Project application. If it is not possible to obtain IRB approval before the drop/add period ends for the semester during which the Honors Project will be completed, the Honors Project application should account for the IRB approval process in the project timeline. Please contact the current IRB Chairperson (listed on the website) with any questions.

Copies of all honors projects are stored in the campus library. This link will tell you how to submit your honors project to the Library: guidelines for submitting honors projects.

For more information about scheduling an Honors Oral, please see this page: honors orals information.