A primary distinguishing feature of an Honors thesis is the defense.  At an agreed upon date, those completing a thesis will submit their finished thesis to the Honors Director, who will forward to the Honors Council.  (A list of the current members of the Council, including two student representatives, are available on the UMF Honors website or by request.)

The Honors Council conducts the defense, usually held in the Honors House.  The student and faculty director both attend the actual defense, and the faculty director is encouraged to introduce briefly the student and the significance of the project.  A majority of the Council must agree to pass or fail the thesis.  On occasion a thesis may be passed contingent on revisions, but given the late timing of the defense, students should present to the Council a finished draft.

Honors provides a document for proposing a thesis, including general expectations and standards.

The thesis can be completed along multiple pathways:

  • No credit model (student independent work, Wilson scholarships)

  • 0-credit model (Honors add on to equivalent capstone work in major, teaching portfolio, etc.)

  • 4-credit model (traditional Honors directed thesis)