Honors Thesis Program

Deadlines for 2015 Graduates:


Any student at the College of Saint Benedict or Saint John's University may choose to write a Senior Honors Thesis, regardless of whether the student is a member of the Honors Program, if the student has the agreement of three professors in his or her department and the approval of the department chair.

Students planning to write a thesis should sign up for HONR 396 ("Thesis Proposal") in their junior year.  In either spring or fall semester of the junior year, the student will develop a thesis proposal in consultation with a suitable advisor and find two other faculty members, usually in the same department, who agree to act as readers and assist the student with the project.

A limited number of summer research fellowships are available in the Honors program to allow a student to work on their thesis project during the summer between their junior and senior year.  The call for proposals for funding is during the Spring semester.  Only students who were enrolled in Honr 396 in the Fall or who are currently enrolled in the Spring term are eligible to apply.

In the fall semester of the senior year the student will sign up for HONR 398 ("Senior Honors Thesis or Project") and do the bulk of the research during that semester; revising and polishing the work is normally accomplished in the final semester. Upon completion of the thesis, the transcript will be adjusted to reflect the department in which the thesis was done, typically the department in which the student is majoring.

Any student, whether or not he or she is a member of the Honors Program, can graduate with Distinction in their major field if they complete an Honors Thesis and receive a grade of "A" or "H."



Contact Us

Emily Esch
Director, Honors Thesis Program
Associate Professor, Philosophy
(320) 363-3288
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