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