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Research & Thesis Project

There are two options for completing an Honors thesis/project.

The first option is a traditional thesis in which you do original research appropriate to the discipline/academic department that is sponsoring your work. Field observation, analyses of printed sources, qualitative research (e.g., interviews), survey research, and/or controlled experimentation are the types of methodologies that are typically used. The Honors Thesis would thus be a smaller version of the type of thesis that will be expected of you if you go on to complete a Master’s and/or Ph.D. dissertation in graduate school. It needs to be substantial and original.

The second option is to create a work of art or project appropriate to your chosen discipline. Choreographing a dance, writing a novella or collection of short stories, or composing a musical piece are possibilities for students interested in the fine or performing arts.

The Honors Thesis/Project will require considerable effort on your part. There is no way to cram for this. It will take you a full year to complete and you will have to be very organized and intrinsically motivated to do this right and on time. Your committee will support you, but the responsibility for the completion of the thesis/project will be yours.

Course Descriptions

HON 498 H – Honors Thesis/Project I

Required senior thesis/project for students in Department Honors. Student works under the supervision of a faculty mentor and must have Honors College approval before registering. S/F grading only.

Prerequisite: Junior or senior in good standing in the Honors College.

HON 499 H – Honors Thesis/Project II

Required senior thesis/project for students in Department Honors. Student works under the supervision of a faculty mentor. Students are required to give a presentation based on their thesis/project to an appropriate audience at UNLV.

Prerequisites: Two HON 400 H seminars and HON 498 H. 3 credits.