Senior Honors Project
I did my Senior Honors Project in the History Department and spent months working on a 70-page thesis. It was so tough but rewarding, and only now as a first-year Masters student am I realizing how TRULY rewarding it was to be in the Honors Program. JMU Honors really helped me feel totally prepared for higher education."
-- Mary Ta, Honors alum, History & Justice Studies, '13
For Track I and II Honors students, the Senior Honors Project is the capstone requirement of the Honors Program. For Track III students, it is their entry into the Honors Program. For all Honors students, the Senior project is the culmination of their academic experience at JMU and represents a major accomplishment. Because the project demonstrates advanced work, gaining extensive knowledge of certain aspects of a student's major discipline, students who choose this kind of academic challenge tend to be stronger candidates when applying for graduate schools or professional jobs following graduation. Successful completion of the Senior Honors Project entitles the student to graduate 'With Distinction', a designation that is included on the diploma and transcript.
All Honors students, working with a faculty mentor and a faculty committee, earn six credit hours in Honors for work that culminates in a significant research project. In many fields the project takes the shape of a written thesis reflecting substantial scholarship and demonstrating outstanding research and writing skills. In other fields, the culminating experience will be a creative work that demonstrates imagination and originality in addition to craftsmanship and professionalism in production.
The following pages provide information on procedures, guidelines, and helpful tips. See below for deadlines.
Guidelines and instructions for completing Senior Honors Projects, including requirements, project types, timeline, project committee, formatting, and submitting.
Guidelines for traditional research theses.
Guidelines for creative projects.
Guidelines for groups working together on a senior project.
Specific instructions for Senior Honors Projects from individual departments.
A comprehensive list of completed Senior Honors Projects from 1962 to the present, organized by major. (PDF)