It’s a good idea to review some of the honors theses other students have submitted to get a sense of what an honors thesis might look like and what kinds of things might be appropriate topics.
Look for examples from the previous year in the Carolina Digital Repository.
These demands are angst producing and time consuming If that scenario sounds familiar, don’t panic!
Do start strategizing about how to make a time for your thesis.
It’s a good idea to try to squeeze in a bit of thesis work every day—even if it’s just fifteen minutes of journaling or brainstorming about your topic.
Or maybe you’ll spend that fifteen minutes taking notes on a book.You may also be able to find past theses collected in your major department or at the North Carolina Collection in Wilson Library.Pay special attention to theses written by students who share your major.Most departments require that you take a class that guides you through the honors project, so deadlines likely will be set for you.Still, you should set your own goals for meeting those deadlines.This is the first in a series of courses designed to complete the requirements for a Senior Thesis in the Undergraduate degree in Oceanography.The class is focused on methods of formulating a research problem and proposal writing.But any substantive research project requires a clear timetable. Find out the final deadline for turning in your project to your department.Working backwards from that deadline, figure out how much time you can allow for the various stages of production. Use it, however, with two caveats in mind: Avoid falling into the trap of procrastination. For some tips on how to do this, see our handout on procrastination.A thesis requires a reflective, multi-stage writing process. It is targeted at students in the humanities and social sciences, since their theses tend to involve more writing than projects in the hard sciences.Yet all thesis writers may find the organizational strategies helpful. However, all honors theses have at least two things in common: In general, students who are at the end of their junior year, have an overall 3.2 GPA, and meet their departmental requirements can write a senior thesis.