The James M. Johnston Center for Undergraduate Excellence
The Honors Program at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Honors for Enrolled Students

The Senior Honors Thesis

Jeff Ubersax

At Carolina, cutting-edge research and undergraduate learning are complementary, not mutually exclusive, activities. Under the direction of faculty mentors, approximately 350 seniors each year engage in programs of original research and creative work, in the form of a senior Honors thesis, in more than fifty undergraduate majors.

The quality of their efforts is extraordinary. For example, many biology Honors theses result in scholarly publication, and several recent novels and published collections of poetry began as theses in creative writing. Students who successfully defend their theses before a faculty review panel are graduated with either Honors or Highest Honors. Students who have been in the Honors Program for their coursework are not required to finish by writing a senior Honors thesis, but writing and successfully defending a thesis is the only way to graduate from Carolina with Honors or Highest Honors.

Important deadlines regarding the planning and submission of a thesis are listed on the Senior Honors Thesis Calendar.

Students completing a Senior Honors Thesis must register their Honors thesis prior to graduation. Anyone can browse a list of past Honors theses at the Honors Thesis Archive.

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