Honors Programs in English

Creative Writing Honors Program

Honors in Creative Writing allows the student to work on a creative thesis in their chosen genre during their senior year, under the guidance of an advisor in creative writing. The creative thesis may take the form of a short story collection, novella or novel, poetry collection, literary nonfiction collection, mixed media or a hybrid project of your own devising as approved by the Director of Creative Writing.

Students who have completed at least four courses in the creative writing concentration and six major courses by the end of their junior year and have a grade point average in the major of 3.5 or higher (and a college GPA of 3.0 or higher) are eligible to apply for Honors in Creative Writing.

Applicants will be notified of their status by the end of fall classes. Students who are approved for Honors work will be paired with an advisor from Creative Writing and, over the course of two terms, will work toward the successful completion of a manuscript-length body of work.

Students should submit their completed application along with their writing sample to the Department Administrator or the Creative Writing Director. As competition for selection into CW Honors is highly competitive, the writing submission should speak to the writing strengths of the applicant and to the potential of the proposed thesis.

2016-17 Creative Writing thesis proposals are due October 28, 2016.

2016-17 Creative Writing Director: Thomas O'Malley

For more information: Creative Writing Honors Program

Critical/Literary Historical Honors Program

Students enrolled in the major in English who have completed at least six major courses by the end of their junior year and have a grade point average (GPA) in the major of 3.5 or higher and an overall college GPA of 3.0 or higher may apply for the Honors Program. Eligible students apply by submitting their college record to the Honors Directors along with a formal proposal of an honors thesis. The thesis is to be completed during two terms of ENGL 98, the first of which counts as the Culminating Experience in the major. The second ENGL 98 constitutes a twelfth course in the major program, separate from all other requirements outlined above.  

There are two prerequisites for the Honors Program: 1) Students must complete a 70s-level seminar in English prior to the first term of ENGL 98; and 2) the theory requirement (Course Group 4) should be satisfied before the term in which the candidate completes the honors thesis and submits it for evaluation. That is, no one may satisfy the theory requirement and the thesis requirement in the same term. In addition, participation in a bi-weekly seminar, which will meet usually at the 3A hour, is required.  Students who do not meet this requirement will not be allowed to advance to the second term of ENGL 98.

For complete information about applying to and successfully completing the Honors Program, including further regulations, deadlines, and advice, please consult the Directors of Honors.

2016-17 Directors: Brett Gamboa and Melissa Zeiger

Critical/Literary Historical thesis proposals are due November 4, 2016.