Senior Honors Thesis Program
The Honors College is vested with the responsibility of overseeing undergraduate thesis work throughout the university and ensuring its quality. The total amount of work required for a thesis should be roughly equivalent to six hours of coursework (250-300 clock hours). You will sign up for a total of six credit hours (3399H and 4399H) for your thesis. Generally the hours will count toward your major degree requirements. You will receive an "IP" (in progress) grade for 3399H, which will be changed to a letter grade when you have finished the thesis. Students who complete a Senior Honors Thesis will graduate with a particular Honors designation, which will be noted on the transcript.
Honors Distinctions for Thesis Students
University Honors with Honors in Major – Member of the Honors College, student has completed 28-36 hours of Honors coursework, including the Human Situation Sequence, and has completed a thesis
Collegiate Honors with Honors in Major – Member of the Honors College, student has completed 22 hours of Honors coursework or an Honors minor, and has completed a thesis
Membership in the Honors College with Honors in Major – Member of the Honors College, and has completed a thesis
Honors in Major – Student has completed a thesis
About the Senior Honors Thesis Program
View this PowerPoint presentation to learn more about the thesis program.
View a suggested timeline for managing the project.
Use this thesis checklist to stay on track.
Peruse the University Library resources, such as exploring the research guides and contacting your subject librarian.
Access Dissertations and Senior Honors Theses Online through the MD Anderson Library website.
Thesis students are strongly encouraged to participate in the thesis studio program, which assists in the researching and writing of the thesis.
Working with Human Subjects
If your research proposal includes working with human subjects, you must receive approval from the University's Institutional Review Board (IRB) policy prior to initiating your research.
Requirements for Thesis Program
A 3.25 cumulative GPA and a 3.5 GPA in major are required to participate in the thesis program. Students must also be approved by their academic department and the Honors College to participate.
Required Forms and Deadlines for Enrollment in Thesis Program
Verification of Eligibility Form: Due last day of the fall or spring semester immediately prior to the semester you begin your thesis project. If you’re starting your thesis project in the fall, your Verification of Eligibility form is due on the last day of the previous spring semester; if you’re starting your thesis project in the spring, your Verification of Eligibility form is due on the last day of the previous fall semester.
Prospectus Form: Due by the first day of the semester beginning the thesis program.
A senior honors thesis begins with choosing and narrowing your topic, then crafting a prospectus that describes your research and writing plans. A typical prospectus is 3-5 pages, and should include a brief bibliography. Writing your prospectus will help you to focus on a specific question or idea. Students who take on a project that is too large in scope often have trouble finishing. And remember, the prospectus does not necessarily reflect finished work; some aspects of your thesis may change as you complete the project. However, if major changes are made to your thesis, they should be reflected in an updated version of the prospectus. The prospectus should serve as a contract or plan-of-action for your thesis.
Below are a few sample prospectuses. Remember these are samples--not templates.
Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Getting Started--Choose Your College
Select a link below to learn your college's requirements and how to get started in the thesis program.
C.T. Bauer College of Business
Cullen College of Engineering
Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture
Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management
Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Guidelines for Faculty
Faculty Thesis Guidelines
Honors Cords for Graduation
Single red cords for graduation are available for purchasing in the University Bookstore for undergraduate Senior Honors Thesis students.
All UH theses must be maroon with gold etching on the bound cover.The University Copy Center is aware of the UH requirements for bound theses.