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Honors Track

Applying to the Honors Track

Comparative literature students may petition to enter the honors track during spring of their junior year. Admission to the honors track is based on the recommendation of a comparative literature faculty member or a participating faculty member. If you are interested in entering the honors track, please make an appointment with the major adviser, Dr. Dawn Marlan.


Completion of the honors track requires the successful completion of a bachelor of arts honors thesis and an additional 400-level elective.

The Honors Thesis

Honors students develop and present a thesis prospectus. The thesis must be comparative in nature, and should entail work in both of the student’s focus fields. If the prospectus is approved by both the seminar leader and the student’s thesis advisor, then the student enrolls in Thesis (COLT 403) during winter of senior year. The thesis is completed under the supervision of the thesis advisor, and must be submitted to both the advisor and a second reader by the fifth week of spring term. The thesis must then be approved by the advisor and second faculty member after a formal presentation. Both thesis advisor and second reader should be chosen from the Comparative Literature Faculty or Participating Faculty.

Schedule and Deadlines

Students who have enrolled in the Honors Track should download the following schedule of deadlines.