For questions and additional information please contact:

Prof. Chris Buford
Associate Professor of Instruction
Olin Hall 236
The University of Akron
Akron, OH 44325–1903

Honors Project Course Information

3600:490—Senior Honors Project in Philosophy (1–3 credits; may be repeated for a total of six credits)
Prerequisites: Senior standing in Honors Program or senior honors standing as Philosophy major, and permission of Philosophy Department Honors Preceptor.

Research leading to completion of senior honors thesis involving original work under faculty supervision. The Senior Honors Project in Philosophy consists of a substantial philosophical thesis, approximately 20–50 pages in length, including footnotes, references, and a bibliography. Three credit hours and a letter grade will be awarded for this course.


Project Proposal

The first step is for the student to prepare a Project Proposal. Proposal due dates and the Project Proposal Form are available on the Honors College website. The student is to select a thesis Sponsor from the full-time faculty within the Philosophy Department, as well as a Committee comprised of the Sponsor and two additional University faculty members to serve as Readers.

Project Drafts

After the proposal is approved, the student meets with the thesis Sponsor to discuss the project and begin submitting drafts. Periodic meetings will be required and several drafts may be necessary before a final thesis is ready for submission to the Committee for approval and grading. Although it is the Sponsor who awards the final grade, be sure to keep the Readers up-to-date throughout the process. Send them copies of the thesis at regular intervals and expect revisions based on their comments.

Project Submission

The final project is to be submitted electronically via IdeaExchange. For details go to the Honors College website.