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Honors Program Sample Syllabus


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Textbook: (to be purchased before first meeting) Kate L. Turabian, A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, paperback edition available at all major bookstores.

Schedule(dates and times) will be set at first meeting.


Week of Sept. 6. Introductions, discussion of program requirements and schedule. How to develop a research strategy.

Week of Sept. 13. Brief presentations of research topics and research plan.

Week of Sept. 20. Meeting with research librarians. Discussion of Art History and Alexander Library resources, including electronic resources. Meeting held in Art History Library. Students exchange up-to-date research proposals.

Weeks of Sept. 27, Oct. 4. Students work independently on research strategy, compiling bibliography, reading source material. (NO CLASS)

Week of Oct. 11. Formal analyses: students each bring in a slide relevant to their research and do a brief visual analysis. Student-led discussion of research proposals.

Week of Oct. 18: Submit "Research Strategy and Bibliography." One copy to advisor and one copy to seminar leader. (NO CLASS).

Week of Oct. 25: Meet with advisor to discuss research strategy and bibliography. Research strategies and bibliographies discussed in seminar.

Week of Nov.1. Discussion of approach to primary and secondary sources; how to prepare an outline.

Week of Nov. 8. Submit draft of outline to seminar leaders. Progress discussion.

Weeks of Nov.15, Nov. 22. Complete reading of sources. Work on outline. (NO CLASS)

Week of Nov. 29. Discussion of outlines and Spring Semester schedule.

Week of Dec.6. Submit a detailed outline of the research paper. One copy to advisor, one copy to seminar leaders. (NO CLASS)


You should use this month of free time to complete most of the primary source research and prepare the first draft of your paper.


Preparation of drafts and completion of Honors projects.


Week of Jan 24. Organizational Meeting. Review of schedule for completing drafts and presentation of Honors Papers.

Weeks of Jan. 31 & Feb. 7 Continue working on first drafts. During these weeks, if you are experiencing difficulties in completing the first draft, speak immediately to your advisor and the seminar leaders. (NO CLASS)

Week of February 14. Submit one copy of your first draft to your advisor and one copy to the seminar leaders.

Week of Feb. 21 Discussion of drafts, progress. Students exchange papers (pairs or small groups).

Week of Feb. 28 Student-led discussions of papers.

February-March.  Receive comments from your advisor and revise the first draft.

Weeks of Mar. 7 & Mar. 14 Revising draft. (NO CLASS)

Week of Mar. 21 Spring Break (NO CLASS)

Week of Mar. 28 Submit one copy of the revised paper to your advisor and one to the seminar leaders. THIS IS THE DRAFT THAT WILL BE GRADED. Provide Art History Office with the title page. (Make sure it is the title you want listed for your presentation at the Honors Conference.) Meeting to discuss plans and schedule for Honors Conference and student presentations.

Date TBD Honors Conference. Students make 10-15-minute presentations.

April 15 Final revised, corrected draft of research paper is due. Submit bound copies to your major advisor and to the Art History Office.

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