Students must define their honors project in a proposal by early May (in accordance with the due dates established in the honors seminar, AMST/ETHN 1800) or near the end of their sixth semester. The proposal is comprised of a five-page, double-spaced project description along with a bibliography of relevant sources.
This proposal must be submitted for approval to the Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) along with the application for the Ethnic Studies Honors Program form on the same date that it is submitted in the honors seminar. The proposal should identify the problem, or question the student will focus on, and suggest approaches and possible hypotheses or outcomes.
Students need to work with two professors – a Director and a Reader. At least one should be Ethnic Studies faculty. The proposal should name a confirmed Director (who must sign your application form) and a likely second Reader (who will need to confirm their participation at the beginning of your 7th semester). If a student wants to work with two professors, neither of whom is Ethnic Studies faculty, then they should have a third Reader who will read the final draft or consult on the final project and approve it for honors in the field.
Students deciding not to do an honors thesis after completing the Honors Seminar will receive credit for the course and still be able to count it as a seminar in the concentration.
An updated thesis proposal, confirming a second thesis Reader, will be due for all thesis writers within the first the first two weeks of the senior year.