Every Brock Scholar must complete either a Departmental Honors (DHON) thesis or an Honors College thesis in the Honors College.
The Departmental Honors thesis and the Honors College thesis are both two-semester, 4 credit hour independent projects where the student works closely with a faculty director. The Departmental Honors thesis must be within the student's major area of study, while the Honors College thesis should be in an area outside the student's major. Both types of honors thesis provide the opportunity to engage deeply with a subject of particular interest, to build a collaborative relationship with a faculty mentor, and to contribute original scholarship to an academic discipline or disciplines. The thesis provides an excellent foundation for graduate-level research, and many honors theses have led to publication in scholarly journals.
Students who successfully complete the Departmental Thesis earn Departmental Honors or Highest Departmental Honors in their majors:
- Departmental Honors requires a 3.2 overall GPA and a 3.5 GPA in the major.
- Highest Departmental Honors requires a 3.5 overall GPA and a 3.75 in the major.
Students who complete the Honors College thesis do not earn Departmental Honors, but they will have fulfilled the Honors College thesis requirement.