Understanding the requirements and developing a plan

The required Stage 1 course prompts 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 can I connect my personal interests to faculty areas of research at OSU?
  • How will the thesis impact my coursework and future life goals?

You are required to complete the Stage 1 course within your first year in the HC. All students that transfer into the Honors College after their first year of college coursework should enroll in the Stage 1 course in fall term. First year students are assigned to enroll in a specific term based on their last name.

A-G Fall Term                      H-N Winter Term                  O-Z Spring Term

 You may receive occasional reminders to enroll in the Stage 1 course. If you have questions, please contact your HC academic advisor.

creating your individualized Thesis Map

The thesis is a major project that requires not only a sustained time commitment, but also coordination between various people and services. The deadlines for completion of each stage are up to you; the only specific deadline is the final date for submitting a thesis in order to graduate. While it takes a lot of planning to create your initial thesis map, once you've figured out which terms you're aiming to complete each stage of the TheSIS process, you just need to fill out an online form—and remember, the map can be updated if needed (see an example thesis map).

Some students map their thesis path over their entire undergraduate career, while others plan to complete the four stages in only a few terms. You should consult with your HC academic advisor to create your Thesis Map, but 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 academic advisor sharing your overall academic plans by incorporating the thesis stages
  • Submit your personalized Thesis Map to the HC
  • If your plan changes, update your Thesis Map

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