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JMU HONORS PROGRAM
251 Warren Service Drive
Harrisonburg, VA 22807
SENIOR HONORS THESIS GUIDELINES
A student is invited to do an honors thesis in the following steps:
- Dr. Carson requests a list of students with a GPA of 3.5 or better from Paula McMahan, the KIN department academic advisor.
- Dr. Carson sets up a meeting during the later portion of the fall semester that includes faculty and students.
- Current Honors students with a 3.25 or better and non-Honors students with a 3.5 or better are invited to attend the meeting to discuss the possibility of completing a thesis. In the course of the meeting Dr. Carson explains the process for an honors thesis, timelines, course credit etc. In addition, students who are currently completing a thesis are also at the meeting to answer questions from the student perspective.
- Faculty will share their current research interests and projects at the meeting.
- Students are then invited to set up individual meetings with faculty members to determine if there is a match of interests
- The students who are interested in completing a thesis will initiate contact with the potential thesis advisor early in the spring semester
- Students typically begin 499A in the spring of their junior year, 3 semesters prior to graduation, and complete the series of courses the following spring semester.
- The breakdown for credit hours is as follows:
499A = 1 credit
499B = 3 credits
499C = 2 credits