Understanding the requirements and developing a plan

START tasks prompt you to think about several important questions:

  • What is a thesis, anyway? What makes it different from any other term paper or project?
  • What options do I have? Can I do a thesis outside of my major?  Can I produce a graphic novel as my thesis project?
  • How will the thesis impact my coursework and future life goals?

You are required to complete START within your first year in the HC. You will receive occasional reminders to complete START until you have done so. If you have questions, please contact your HC academic advisor.

 

Task 1: Attend a one-hour HC START Workshop.

Workshops are offered several times fall, winter, and spring terms term and to provide an overview of the entire thesis process.

 

Task 2: Prepare your individualized Thesis Map.

Design and submit a personalized Thesis Map (see what a thesis map looks like here) to plan the work required. The thesis is a major project that requires not only a sustained time commitment, but also coordination between various people and services. All planning decisions are up to you; the only specific deadline is the final submission date. Some students map their thesis path over their entire undergraduate career, while others do it in only a few months. Your Thesis Map should be done in consultation with your HC academic advisor and updated as necessary. Pacing the project to ensure completion is ultimately your responsibility.

  • Think about your overall plan for degree completion utilizing degree plan outlines on the web and talking with your major advisor
  • Begin to insert the thesis stages into your overall plan where appropriate considering terms which may be extra busy or where you are unable to devote time to your thesis (i.e. study abroad)
  • Consult your HC advisor sharing your overall plan having incorporated the thesis stages
  • Submit your personalized Thesis Map to the HC here: Thesis Map submission
  • If your plan changes, update your Thesis Map here: Thesis Map update.

 

While at times I was incredibly stressed and frustrated, the thesis project was the most valuable, challenging, and rewarding educational experience of my college career.

-Amy Mattsen, Honors College Class of 2002