Guidelines for Department of English and Creative Writing Honors

To be eligible to earn honors in English, students must:    

     a)     have a departmental GPA of 3.7 or higher;
     b)     produce exceptional work in the Senior Project Workshop; and
     c)     pass the Orals Defense.

 

Oral Defense 

Honors defenses will be public.

The Honors Oral Defense committee will be made up of three English and Creative Writing faculty members and one faculty member from another department.  The committee will meet with the student for 1-2 hours, reviewing the project and asking questions about it.  Following the defense, the committee will discuss the project and the student's ability to answer the committee's questions.  The committee will decide on one of the following:

  • Pass:  The student should receive honors.
  • Pass on condition:  The project and defense approaches this level of excellence but needs further work.  The student should receive honors on condition of satisfactorily completing the revisions required by the committee.  
  • No Pass:  The committee determines that the project and defense do not meet the department's expectations for the designation of honors.     

Any revisions required by the committee should be completed by the first Monday in term 8 and the final version signed by all committee members.

Process for the Honors Project

1. By the beginning of block 7, two professors (typically the professors from senior project workshop) will read the Senior Projects of eligible students.  They will recommend for honors those students who have produced exceptional work.  In the case of a split decision, a third professor will read the project and cast the deciding vote.

2. Students nominated for honors will decide whether to pursue this option.  Those students who decide to pursue honors will participate in an Oral Defense.

 

Timetable

Nominations for honors distributed to students

no later than

1st Friday of Block 7

Students inform the Department of their intention to pursue honors

no later than

2nd Tuesday Block 7

Oral defense of project

no later than

4th Tuesday of Block 7

Final version with revisions suggested by committee

no later than

2nd Monday, Term 8 

 

Guidelines for the Prospectus

For students in the creative writing track:  Guidelines for the Creative Prospectus
In 2 double-spaced pages, describe the project you wish to complete, addressing the questions below:

What central idea/question do you want to engage with through your creative work?  Where did your interest in this project emerge?  If you are beginning with work you produced for another class, explain how this project differs.  What reading, or other preparation, do you intend to do?  What medium will you use (e.g., a sonnet sequence, a novel, a short story)?  What do you expect to gain by completing this project?  What do you hope to contribute with this project?  

Note:  you should submit a substantial bibliography of preparatory material you plan to read. 

 

For students in the Literature or Film tracks:  Guidelines for the Critical Prospectus
In 2 double-spaced pages, describe the project you wish to complete, address the questions below:

What central idea/question do you plan to explore?  Where did your interest in this project emerge?  If you are beginning with a paper you wrote for another class, explain how this project differs.  What reading, or other preparation, do you intend to do?  What critical methodology will you use?  What do you expect to gain by completing this project?  What do you hope to contribute with this project? 

Note:  you should submit a substantial bibliography of preparatory material you plan to read.