Academics - Senior Honors

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The Senior Honors Project

The Honors College at East Carolina University requires each student to complete a Senior Honors Project.  The Honors College at East Carolina University supports two options: a thesis or a creative endeavor/ portfolio.  For the thesis option, students research a topic of interest in their major, in their minor or in an area outside their studies and develop an independent research study and paper about that topic. For the creative endeavor/portfolio option, students develop a compilation of their craft that may culminate in several ways. Some examples include directing a play or writing and performing original music.  

Once a project has been selected, the next step for the student is to identify a faculty mentor on campus who has the appropriate credentials to guide the student through the project. After a topic and mentor have been chosen, the student must complete a Senior Honors Project - Thesis contract or a Senior Honors Project - Creative Endeavor contract and submit the proposal to his/her HNRS 4000 instructor for approval. 

For more information, including frequently asked questions about the Senior Honors Project, please view The Senior Honors Project Manual.  

Students must use the official Honors College poster and PowerPoint template when delivering presentations on behalf of the Honors College and the presentations must be submitted to faculty mentors at least two days prior to the presentation date for review. Using the links below, please download the poster and PowerPoint templates and follow the guidelines when creating your poster and/or PowerPoint presentations.

One of the main sources of examples for students comes from previous projects. Senior Honors Projects completed by graduating Honors College students are now available online for reference through the Joyner Library Scholarship Institution Repository.

Top examples from the following areas are kept in the Mamie Jenkins Building for students to reference when writing their own thesis or coming up with topic ideas.

  • Biological and Chemical Sciences
  • English and Foreign Languages
  • Education
  • Social Sciences and Psychology
  • Fine Arts (Visual and Performing)

Senior Honors Projects are completed during the student’s senior year. The recommended timeline for students pursuing this during the 2014-2015 academic year are available on the Senior Honors Project timeline. If you have questions about the Senior Honors Project or would like to make an appointment with the Honors advisor, please contact Mr. James Ellis.

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