Senior Honors Thesis
Students must apply to the honors thesis program by May 15 submitting a formal letter of application and a preliminary proposal to the department. The department offers preliminary acceptance to the honors program based on these documents. In addition, students normally must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 in the major and a GPA of 3.33 overall. Proposals and research plans are developed further in Geography 90 during fall quarter.
The department will select an appropriate advisor and two committee members for each successful honor thesis application. The advisor and committee oversee the student's progress, provide a means of communication between the student and the department, and ultimately make a recommendation to the department about the quality of the thesis. The typical course sequence associated with an honors thesis begins with G90 (Fall), followed by G85 (Winter) and G87 in the Spring Term.
Many students support their scholarship with research grants; thesis students are strongly encouraged to explore the options available at:
Please pay special attention to the different deadlines.
When, on occasion, support from these places is limited or unavailable, student may also apply to Geography for research support.
Full, formal proposals must be submitted to the department at the latest by November 1 by emailing [email protected] The department may vote to reject a proposal and relays its comments to the students through the thesis committee.
The following timetable is for spring quarter; dates for other quarters should be adjusted accordingly. This is the minimum recommended schedule for the completion of theses, but advisors may modify this schedule at their discretion.