Honors Timeline

Honors work is intended to be primarily self-directed, but the Thesis Director will work with students to identify clear target goals and deadlines for what should be developed and delivered. Failure to meet these individualized milestones can result in withdrawal from Honors in the Major.

In addition to the individualized milestones determined with the Thesis Director, students also have standardized deadlines and deliverables for the College and the Honors Program, as outlined below…

BFA2 Spring

Week 8The College Honors Liaison holds an information session, attendance at which is required for any students considering Honors in the Major. Following the information session, students work with the College Liaison to identify a topic and a Thesis Director.
Week 13
Wed 4pm
The Faculty Committee must be fully formed. Students must give the names of all of their committee members to the College Liaison, including contact information for the Outside Member.
Week 14
Wed 4pm
The Action Plan must be turned into the College Liaison, in which the student outlines how they plan to balance their Honors project with other work responsibilities. The College Liaison then holds individual meetings with students to discuss their plan.
Week 15
Wed 4pm
The Honors Application Form must be turned into the College Liaison. Students must collect the Thesis Director’s signature before turning in the form; the College Liaison will then add theirs and the Associate Dean’s signature. (Students do not need signatures from their other committee members on the application form.)

BFA2 Summer

Week 1 Students should schedule a meeting with their Thesis Director to discuss their project and begin work on the prospectus.
Week 4
Fri 4pm
The Prospectus must be shared with the faculty committee and the College Liaison. Make necessary revisions and get approval from all members on the Prospectus Approval Form.
Week 7
Fri 4pm
The Prospectus Approval Form must be submitted to the Honors Program and the College Liaison. It is the responsibility of the student to get approval signatures with ample time to meet the deadline. Failure to meet this milestone will result in withdrawal from Honors in the Major.
Week 12Thesis Directors report if the student has met milestones and is making satisfactory progress as a requirement of continuing with Honors in the Major.

BFA3 Fall

Week 7Thesis Directors report if the student has met milestones and is making satisfactory progress as a requirement of continuing with Honors in the Major.
Week 16Thesis Directors report if the student has met milestones and is making satisfactory progress as a requirement of continuing with Honors in the Major.

BFA3 Spring

Week 4The Defense Announcement Form must be submitted to the Honors Program and the College Liaison. Identify a date for the defense in or before Week 15. Signatures are needed from all the members of the faculty committee.
Week 7Thesis Directors report if the student has met milestones and is making satisfactory progress as a requirement of continuing with Honors in the Major.
Two weeks before defenseThe Honors Project must be submitted to all committee members, along with a reminder about the time and location of the defense. This is to give all of the committee members sufficient time to review the project before the defense.
Week 15The Defense must take place before the end of Week 15, in order to allow some turnaround time if revisions are requested by the faculty committee.
Week 16
Friday 5pm
The Defense Certificate and Embargo Request Form are due to the Honors Program and the College Liaison, to signify the successful defense the project. If no revisions are requested at the defense, it’s easiest to get these documents signed at the end of the defense, while the full committee is in the room.