To graduate with the magna or summa cum laude honors designation, students must conduct an empirical research project (e.g., an observational study, survey, or experiment) that is commensurate with the standards in their field and then report their findings in a formal research paper. There are countless research topics to choose from; however, very few Internet-related topics will be approved. Students are encouraged to explore their own interests, or to take part in a faculty member’s research project and to use that project as a basis for an honors thesis. In general, an honors thesis must be supervised by a faculty member who has an understanding of the subject you plan to research. Faculty supervisors can oversee no more than two honors theses each semester, so pre-planning is essential. Find a faculty supervisor for your project.
In addition to securing a faculty advisor, students must obtain departmental approval for their project from the FIRE department in 321 Stuzin Hall via the Heavener School of Business Undergraduate Honors Thesis Application. If your project is approved, the FIRE department will give you permission to register for FIN 4970 which is a one credit honors thesis course that is taken for a Satisfactory (S) or Unsatisfactory (U) grade. You are expected to enroll in this course by the end of the drop/add period. The faculty supervisor is responsible for determining if your thesis is satisfactory and for submitting your final grade.
Department of Finance, Insurance and Real Estate Honors Coordinator:
Dr. Andy Naranjo
Email Dr. Naranjo
309C Stuzin Hall