Date of Completion

Spring 5-6-2012

Thesis Advisor(s)

Felicia Pratto

Honors Major



Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research | Educational Psychology | Psychology


The goal of the Honors Program is to engage intellectually stimulated students in a unique, challenging experience culminating in the writing of an undergraduate thesis, a piece of scholarly work. The four elements to the mission of the Honors Program include challenging academics, a scholarly environment, a supportive community, and on-campus engagement. This study conducted a qualitative assessment of the Honors Program through written questionnaires and oral interviews of ten juniors or seniors either completing an Honors Thesis or not committed to the Thesis. This research did not find significant differences between these two groups due in part to small sample size. Implications for future research include determination of the influence of personal factors on completion of the thesis since this study suggests that programmatic components did not determine whether a student decides to complete the study. Participants’ testimony provides next steps for the Honors Program including frank feedback about their experiences within the Program.