Senior Honors Thesis/Project

Students who wish to graduate with Honors from the Kent State University Honors College must complete and successfully defend a Senior Honors Thesis/Project.

The Senior Honors Thesis/Project is a 6-credit-hour independent project. It may be a research, creative, or applied project and is completed under the direction of a faculty member. Students who work closely with faculty though the process have unique advantages in demonstrating their scholarly commitment. 

Graduate schools frequently require writing or research samples as part of the application process and this criteria is often weighed heavily in evaluating your skills and preparation for succeeding in their programs. The honors thesis/creative project can also be beneficial to those entering the job market. This work can provide tangible evidence of your research, writing and creative skills to prospective employers.  Honors theses/creative projects demonstrate experience with design, execution, analysis, and presentation in your field of study.

The Honors College is here to support you throughout this process. The more you communicate with faculty and staff to better understand the process, the more you will find that it enhances your education. Please explore the resources available to you to ensure your success.

All students may benefit from the opportunity to work on a sustained individual project. Some of the benefits associated with the Senior Honors Thesis/Project include:

  • The ability to Graduate with Honors with distinction in your academic program of study
  • Preparation for further work at the graduate of professional level
  • Demonstration that you have the maturity, the persistence, the commitment, and the organizational skills to produce a challenging piece of research
  • Development of a sense of independence as a self-starting, highly motivated individual who can handle the challenge of a non-structured academic task


Honors Thesis Handbook

The Senior Honors Thesis Handbook serves as a guide for students working on a Senior Honors Thesis/Project and their advisors. The detailed information included in this handbook will assist you through the thesis process.

Senior Honors Thesis/Project Fellowship

Honors College students who are completing a Senior Honors Thesis/Project are eligible to apply for one of several Senior Honors Thesis/Project Fellowships. Fellowships provide students with $1,000 scholarships for a students’ thesis year.

Thesis Archive

The Thesis Archive provides information about Senior Honors Theses/Projects that have been completed by Honors students over the years. The online thesis archive is meant to serve as a record of the undergraduate honors theses completed by Kent State University students. Anyone interested in reading one of the theses listed in the archive may do so by visiting the Honors College library.

Portz Scholars

The Honors College has had a long success of recognition for outstanding student research and creative papers. The National College Honors Council (NCHC) has recognized 7 students from Kent State University as Portz Scholars.