Honors in English

"Every time I read Pride and Prejudice, I want to dig her up and hit her over the skull with her own shin-bone." - Mark Twain on Jane Austen

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Requirements for English Honors

To be awarded Honors in English, a student must:

  1. Complete all the standard requirements for the major in English.

  2. Maintain a 3.5 overall GPA (University requirement) and a 3.5 GPA in all course work in English.

  3. Receive permission from the Department Chair and agreement from a department member to serve as mentor.

  4. Complete a Senior Honors Thesis (EH 499), with a grade of "A" or "B" in addition to the standard requirements for the English major. EH 499, Senior Honors Thesis (six semester hours credit), may be counted toward three hours of the 36 hours required for the major and toward three hours of the nine 400-level hours required for the major. Thus, the student receiving honors in English will be required to take a total of 39 hours in English instead of 36. In EH 499 the student will normally take three hours in the Fall semester for research and three in the Spring for writing. A final committee of three or more faculty members, including a representative of the University Honors Program, will conduct an oral defense. The thesis must be approved by the director of the University Honors Program.

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