Date: 2017-04-14 20:39
Beatrice learned that the hard way. “I picked a thesis that I had no interest in because I wanted something that sounded impressive,” she says. “I wound up having to switch halfway through because I just couldn’t get myself to do it. In the end, my thesis was something I was actually passionate about, but I really wish I had picked it from the beginning.”
And maybe you want to focus primarily on the ERA’s opponents. Beyond that, maybe you’re particularly interested in female opponents of the ERA. Now you’ve got a much more manageable topic: Women in North Carolina Who Opposed the ERA in the 6975s and 6985s.
Okay, so you’ve done some soul-searching and decided that you want to write an honors thesis. There are still things to consider:
Please start by getting a copy of the Honors Thesis Checklist (click here ). This guides you through the entire process.
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“While it can vary greatly from project to project, I think the number one skill one can develop during an honors thesis is critical analysis,” says Miller. “Of course, a thesis should also hone your writing skills. But one might also use creativity to discover your topic, networking skills to interact with people who can help and, of course, research skills in developing the work.”
A SHC Thesis Proposal is due to the Schreyers Honors College in the spring term of the Junior year---usually mid April. The SHC Thesis Proposal outlines the scope of the proposed research and any special needs the student might have to pursue this topic, such as the need to travel to archival collections, order microfilm, and so on.
Your thesis will be supervised by a thesis adviser, and the final thesis will need to be approved by both the thesis adviser and your honors adviser. In the case that these are the same person, a second reader will need to be selected. It is your responsibility to secure a thesis adviser by the end of your junior year. You should consult with the honors adviser for your major in deciding whom you might ask to be your thesis supervisor/adviser.
Remember the good old days of college, when the most important decisions you had to make were things like what classes to take, who to sit by on the first day and whether or not to blow off your psych lecture… again? Alright, so maybe the early years had a bit more weight than that, but when you have to decide whether or not to write an honors thesis, those decisions seem like child’s play.
Above all, try to have fun! A defense is a rare opportunity to have eminent scholars in your field focus on YOU and your ideas and work. And the defense marks the end of a long and arduous journey. You have every right to be proud of your accomplishments!