An independent senior Honors reading course for undergraduates.
The Honors Thesis
Students may elect LING 495 and 496 when writing the honors thesis, but are not required to do so.
The highlight of the honors concentration is the honors thesis, which reports on original research conducted under the supervision of a Linguistics faculty member. Students select their own thesis advisor, based on their specific research interests. Many students are introduced to faculty's research specializations through coursework, but further information is also available on faculty webpages.
Once a faculty member has agreed to serve as thesis advisor, student and advisor work closely together to identify a thesis topic of mutual interest. Students should begin this process in their junior year; especially if the thesis involves experimentation or conducting surveys, it is often necessary to spend time in the summer months organizing what needs to be done in order to complete the project on time. Ideally prior to the end of their junior year, honors students should fill out the Linguistics Thesis Declaration; students also declare an Honors Concentration in Linguistics with the College of LSA Honors Office.
Honors theses by students graduating in Winter term commencement are due on April 1, and otherwise are due one month before the date of commencement. The thesis is read and evaluated independently by the thesis advisor and by a second reader jointly selected by the student and advisor. Students completing a double concentration may seek Linguistics honors with or without honors in their other concentration (or vice versa). Double concentrators who select joint honors may choose to write a single thesis under the supervision of a joint honors committee, consisting of the thesis advisors from both programs. (It is the responsibility of the student to establish the joint committee.) In this case, the advisor from the other concentration serves as the second reader.
All honors thesis submitted in a given academic year are eligible to compete for the Matt Alexander Award, awarded for the best honors thesis in Linguistics at that year's Graduates Reception during commencement weekend.