The Honors Thesis is the capstone of the entire Honors Program in which students have the unique opportunity of pursuing an independent research project. Students work one-on-one with a faculty member of their choice to carry out a project that will contribute to their chosen discipline. Theses will vary widely depending on a student's discipline - some examples of previous Honors Theses have included:
- A meteorological research project
- Creation of a set of short one-act plays
- A piano lecture-recital
- An examination of the legal precedents affecting Native Americans
- Musical compositions
- A sculpture installation
Many Honors Theses can be used to demonstrate mastery of a subject to employers or graduate schools, and the Honors Program encourages students to keep this in mind when choosing thesis topics. It is important to start thinking about possible topics early in your college career. Most important in your preparation is the Honors Thesis Seminar - a one-credit course to be taken the semester before beginning your Honors Thesis. Below you will find resources to aid in your thesis planning.
Honors Thesis Forms
Honors Thesis Guidelines ( 263 KB) - A comprehensive guide to preparing for the Honors Thesis. Students should familiarize themselves with this document by the beginning of their Junior year.
A completed Thesis Application AND Thesis Proposal must be received by the Honors Program office no later than the end of the first week of classes in which you are enrolled in Honors Thesis. Students are encouraged to complete the Thesis Application and Thesis Proposal before the end of the semester prior to enrolling in Honors Thesis.
Honors Thesis Examples
See below for examples of previous Honors Theses.
Comparing CSU-CHILL Polarimetric Radar Rain Rate ( 696 KB)
"Comparing CSU-CHILL Polarimetric Radar Rain Rate Estimations Versus Precipitation Gauge Accumulations for Thunderstorm Precipitation"
Wittgenstein and Heidegger on Language: ( 2,333 KB)
"Wittgenstein and Heidegger on Language: Two Cases Against the Dream of an Ideal Logical Language"
Lightspires ( 2,665 KB)
A New Direction ( 1,255 KB)
Martyrdom as a Force in Irish History ( 1,006 KB)
"Martyrdom as a Force in Irish History Focusing on Bobby Sands and the 1981 Hunger Strike"
The Council of the Santa Hermandad ( 1,119 KB)
"The Council of the Santa Hermandad and its Importance in the Reign of Ferdinand and Isabella"
Lonely Gods: ( 3,880 KB)
"Lonely Gods: The Portrayals of Women and Homosexuals in American Superhero Comic Books"
The Struggles of Peruvian Women ( 2,785 KB)
Baroque ( 2,260 KB)
Do Peer Relations among Formerly Homeless Youth in Transitional Housing have... ( 754 KB)
"Do Peer Relations among Formerly Homeless Youth in Transitional Housing have a Positive Impact on Personal Behavior?"
A Revolution Calling You! ( 3,578 KB)
Remaking Colorado's Laws: A Citizen's Approach ( 2,400 KB)
An Eschatological Survey of Select Cultures ( 2,717 KB)
Painting with Pens, Writing with Brushes: ( 3,671 KB)
"Painting with Pens, Writing with Brushes: A Comparative Essay on James Fenimore Cooper and Thomas Cole"
The Next American Revolution ( 1,091 KB)
The Threat of the Bloody Count The Conflict of Society and Desire... ( 1,814 KB)
"The Threat of the Bloody Count: The Conflict of Soceity and Desire in Bram Stoker's, Dracula"
Dwindling Lives... ( 4,227 KB)
"Dwindling Lives Or How I learned to Stop Worrying About Aging by Going Back to School and Refusing to Act My Age"
Stories of Desire and Isolation ( 1,959 KB)
Determining the Requirements for Cloud Detectability for a Spaceborne Cloud... ( 1,296 KB)
"Determining the Requirements for Cloud Detectability for a Spaceborne Cloud Profiling Radar Using Groud-Based 8 mm Doppler Radar and Recommendations for GEWEX and ESA"
Journalism's Influence on Public Perception ( 1,792 KB)