Students enrolled in a honors thesis or project of any kind are expected to document their work. This documentation must take the form of a thesis or project manuscript conforming to Commonwealth Honors College content and formatting requirements below.

Students seeking honors recognition upon graduation are required to submit their manuscripts to the Honors College office for forwarding to the University Archives in the W.E.B. DuBois Library.

Manuscript submissions to the CHC office are made through CHC PATHS  in digital format.

Documenting Your Honors Thesis/Project

Manuscript Guidelines          Manuscript Formatting          Manuscript Submission

 

Manuscript Guidelines

The honors thesis and project manuscripts traditionally include the components listed below.  However, the Thesis instructor/committee may authorize adjustments to meet professional standards set by the department.

Please note:  The student’s Thesis Committee or Thesis Seminar instructor must review the entire manuscript, including the title page and abstract, and, if appropriate, any artifacts.  Following Committee/instructor review and after incorporating all comments and changes requested, and after holding the oral defense or final presentation, the student may begin the submission process on PATHS.  Information the student provides in PATHS will be used by PATHS to create a properly formatted title page and abstract.  The student will then upload a PDF of their manuscript without the title page and abstract.  Once the thesis document or project manuscript has been uploaded, a link to the document will be available for viewing by the student and their Thesis Committee/Thesis Seminar instructor, through PATHS with properly formatted title page and abstract at the front of the manuscript.

Thesis Manuscript

Project Manuscript

  1. Title page

  2. Abstract 

  3. Introduction

  4. Summary of work of previous researchers

  5. Explanation of current methodology and goals

  6. Report and discussion of research results

  7. Conclusions and implication for future research

  8. Bibliography

  9. Appendix (optional)

  1. Title page 

  2. Abstract 

  3. Written component
    Project report must be a minimum of 10 pages in length* and contain at least two of these:

  • Contextual information: e.g., literature review or a discussion of theoretical or artistic influences
  • Process information: e.g., what did you wish to achieve? How did you set out to achieve the goals?
  • Reflections: e.g., what did you learn or contribute?  What changes would you make in hindsight? Implications or suggestions for the future?
  1. Artifact: artifact formats should follow the standard of the discipline. For archiving purposes, a representation of the artifact must be provided in digital form. Students may use a digital format appropriate in the field of study. Formats recommended by the Library are noted in PATHS.

    Artifact examples include collections of original poetry, theatrical scripts or screenplays, digital photographs or videos of creative work, case studies, a manuscript submitted for publication through a collaborative effort, engineering plans, landscape designs, photojournalistic essay, etc.

*Project manuscripts can be a variety of styles depending upon the professional format appropriate to the field of study:

  • Preface manuscripts: e.g., a collection of original poetry which is preceded by a preface which addresses two of the three areas above
  • Integrated manuscripts: e.g., a 40-page case study report which addresses two of the three areas above
  • Accompanying manuscripts: e.g., a comparative study of three artists, accompanied by original artwork created to better understand their artistic styles and techniques

While manuscripts must be a minimum of 10 pages, actual length and scope may be required to be greater at the discretion of the instructor/committee.

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Manuscript Formatting

The honors thesis or project manuscripts must meet minimum quality standards for submission to the University Archives. These standards are addressed in the sections below.


TITLE PAGE AND ABSTRACT PAGES

When students begin the process of submitting their Honors Thesis or Project manuscript in PATHS, they will be prompted to enter information that will allow PATHS to generate the properly formatted Title Page & Abstract.


MANUSCRIPT

The student must upload a PDF of the thesis manuscript without the title page and abstract.  Once the thesis document or project manuscript has been uploaded, a link to the document will be available through PATHS with properly formatted title page and abstract at the front of the manuscript. When archived, this compiled document will be assigned a standard file name in the following format: [Last Name], [NetID], Honors Thesis, [Grad Year].  

Regardless of the student’s type of 499 enrollment (e.g., 499T, 499P, 499C, etc.), the term “Honors Thesis” will be used in the archived file name.  For example, the file name assigned for a student named Sasha Smith with NetID ssmith graduating in 2019 would be “Smith, ssmith, Honors Thesis, 2019.”

MANUSCRIPT BODY

  • Margins: set to 1 inch on each side
  • Page numbering:  consecutively, beginning after the title and abstract pages
  • Font: consistent type and size throughout (e.g., Times Roman 12 pt)
  • Spacing: double-spaced (exceptions: block quotes, footnotes, itemized or tabular material)
  • Style manual: if used, it must be used consistently throughout (e.g., Psych APA, English MLA, Chicago, etc.)

Note:  the Appendix section is exempt from the requirements above.

Artifact

Artifacts that accompany a Project manuscript must be represented in digital format and may use a digital format appropriate in the field of study. Formats recommended by the Library are noted in PATHS.  If possible, it is preferable that artifact representations be converted to PDF format for upload. If the format used is PDF, the artifact PDF may be appended at the end of the Project manuscript and uploaded as a single file. Such merged files will be assigned a file name as described above under “Manuscript.”

When archived, artifacts that are uploaded as separate files (i.e., separate from the Project manuscript) will be assigned a standard file name in the following format: [Last Name], [NetID], Honors Thesis, [Grad Year], [#].

For example, the artifact accompanying Sasha Smith’s Project manuscript is a video. The archived video file will be assigned the file name “Smith, ssmith, Honors Thesis, 2019, 1.”

 

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Submitting Your Manuscript to the Honors College

Please refer to our "499 Manuscript Submission" web page for submission deadlines and related information. 

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