Students must meet the admission requirements of the JMU Honors Program in order to be eligible to pursue an honors project. Students must also maintain the minimum required GPA of 3.25 while working on the honors project. If a student’s GPA falls below 3.25, his/her committee will review the student’s progress on the project and reserves the right to terminate the project at that point.
Students should complete CIS 221and CIS 304 prior to beginning the project (i.e., registering for CIS 499A). CIS 330 and CIS 331 should be completed by the end of CIS 499A, before students initiate work on the B portion (CIS 499B) of the project.
Students are responsible for completing and submitting all deliverables on time and formatted as specified in the policies and procedures of the JMU Honors Program on the Senior Honors Project webpage and in the Senior Honors Project Handbook (available online).
Honors thesis committees are comprised of three faculty members and one industry representative.
The chair of the honors thesis committee must be a member of the Computer Information Systems & Management Science department.
No more than one faculty member of the honors thesis committee may be from outside the department.
Students should follow the Senior Project Timetable in the Senior Honors Project Handbook for enrollment in CIS 499A (1 credit), CIS 499B (3 credits) and CIS 499C (2 credits). Barring extraordinary circumstances as determined by the CIS department head and JMU Honors Program Director, students will not be allowed to take CIS 499A and CIS 499B simultaneously.
A maximum of 3 credits from CIS 499 can be used as elective credits towards completion of the computer information systems major.
Grades will be assigned by the committee chair in consultation with the committee. Grading criteria for CIS 499C will include consideration of the written thesis and project presentation as described in Section 4. The chair will provide copies of interim deliverables and communicate the student’s grade to committee members each semester to keep them up to date on the student’s progress towards completion of the project.
Dissemination of Project Results
Both a hard (printed) copy and an electronic file of the written thesis must be submitted to the Computer Information Systems department head, in addition to the required electronic submission to the Honors Program.
In addition to preparing a written thesis, the student will present the project results in a public forum as scheduled by the committee chair.