Effective Fall  2014  | Previous Requirements

The Organizational Studies Honors Plan (OSHC) is designed to enable advanced undergraduate students to gain experience in the design, conduct, and analysis of research on organizations and organizational behavior. In the program, the Honors student will collaborate directly with a faculty mentor to complete an original research project. For students with strong academic records and an interest in research, the Honors program can serve as a capstone for undergraduate studies, and as important preparation for graduate studies or other future endeavors.

The Organizational Studies Honors Plan is focused solely on research skills and activities, and interested students should be certain that they have a serious interest in academic research and the capability and desire to complete a prolonged independent study project culminating in a major empirical research paper.

Formal Application to the OS Honors Plan. To qualify for the Honors plan, students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher, and must maintain it through graduation. To apply to the OSHC, an application including a project proposal that has been approved by the faculty mentor must be submitted. Deadline for submitting OS Honors Plan application: First Friday in March of the junior year. If admitted, the student will enroll in the OS Senior Honors Research sequence in the senior year (ORGSTUDY 497 & 498). These are independent study courses in which the student will work on research and a thesis with a faculty mentor, and together may replace ORGSTUDY 410 to fulfill the senior research capstone requirement.

Program Completion. The Honors student must submit the final thesis to the faculty mentor by the first Friday in March of their senior year, and also must present the findings at the OS Honors Symposium in early April.

Each thesis is evaluated by a faculty panel consisting of three readers: the faculty mentor, an independent faculty reader, and the OS Honors coordinator. The readers will complete their evaluation of the thesis by the end of classes.To receive an Honors designation on the college degree, the faculty readers must approve the thesis, and the Honors student must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.40 at graduation.

Students interested in the Organizational Studies Honors Plan may obtain further information on the OS website.


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