Admission to Honors in the Major

Students do not need to be part of the University Honors Program in order to participate in Honors in the Major. The requirements set by the College of Motion Picture Arts are as follows:

  • A minimum cumulative 3.750 GPA (for all FSU courses) at the start of the BFA2 Spring semester
  • Approval from a Thesis Director (selected by the student)
  • Approval from the College Honors Liaison (Lisa Tripp)
  • Approval from the Associate Dean (Andrew Syder)

Application steps

All of the steps below must be taken during the BFA2 Spring semester, so that an application to the Honors Program can be submitted before the deadline on Friday of Week 5.

1. Attend the College’s information session

The College Honors Liaison will hold an information session about Honors in the Major. Students are required to attend this info session to be eligible to apply for Honors in the Major. The College Liaison will provide general information about Honors in the Major and will also be available to help students identify potential topics for Honors projects.

2. Identify a topic

After attending the information session, through consultation with the College Liaison, the student should begin to think about the topic for their Honors project. It doesn’t need to be fully defined at this point in time, but having some sense of a general topic area will be helpful in determining a suitable Thesis Director for the project.

3. Secure a Thesis Director

The Thesis Director must be a full-time FSU faculty member from the College of Motion Picture Arts. The College Liaison can assist in this process if the student is not sure who might be a good fit. The Thesis Director will also be able to share valuable insights on broadening or narrowing the scope of your work to make sure you are able to conclude your project within your anticipated timeline.

4. Create a working title

Once you have recruited your Thesis Director, you will work together to clarify a working title for your project. Although this title may be changed, it should give a clear idea of what your work will be about. Often this working title will appear on your transcript, so it is important that it accurately reflect the content of your work.

5. Submit the Honors application form

No later than 4pm on the Friday of Week 5 of the BFA2 Spring semester, students must submit the Honors Application Form to the College Honors Liaison AND to the Honors Program, via their Honors in the Major Portal. Students will need to get their form signed by their Thesis Director before turning it into the College Liaison; the College Liaison will then sign the form and collect the signature of the Associate Dean.

6. Secure all committee members

No later than the end of Week 10 of the BFA2 Spring semester, students must have their faculty committee fully formed, including the outside member. (Students should start the work of securing their outside member as early as possible, as this committee position is usually the hardest to fill.)