Honors Programs

<p>Could a current student please explain these. They are touched on very briefly in the viewbook, but i was just wondering what the process is to get into the programs, and what the requirements are once accepted.</p>

<p>Also does anyone have a link to the course requirements for particular majors?</p>

<p>honors aren't programs--it is a distinction or, if you will, an honor</p>

<p>honors are usually given out by the department you are concentrating in for getting good grades and producing original scholarship (a research thesis, capstone project, etc.)</p>

<p>the actual requirements to get honors vary from department to department</p>

<p>thanks for the clarification. i was under the impression that you had to meet with someone like a department head, get their approval, and then do the original scholarship.</p>

<p>once again is there a link out there that lists the requirements to earn a degree in each concentration?</p>

<p>go to the webpage of the department you are interested in
<a href="http://www.brown.edu/web/schools/depts.shtml%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://www.brown.edu/web/schools/depts.shtml&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p>usually, there are some application forms to fill out about a year before graduation and you must have a faculty sponsor (who also serves as an advisor and mentor)</p>

<p>for example, this is how it works in neuro
<a href="http://neuroscience.brown.edu/undergrad_honors.html%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://neuroscience.brown.edu/undergrad_honors.html&lt;/a>
this is how it works in english
<a href="http://www.brown.edu/Departments/English/undergraduate/index.php%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://www.brown.edu/Departments/English/undergraduate/index.php&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p>It's handled seperately by each department -- there's no "honors program."</p>

<p>When I was at Brown, I was approached by one of my professors and asked if I would be interested in pursuing the honors track in that department. It was actually funny because when she called me in to her office hours I was worried I was getting called on the carpet for something. </p>

<p>One nice advantage was getting to take "honors seminars," small discussion-heavy classes, generally taught by very good profs, that were populated with others on the honors track. Lively and fast-moving classes; interesting topics.</p>

<p>Don't let the fear of finding a suitably weighty thesis topic dissuade you. Two profs will read the thesis and be your thesis advisors. They will help nudge you in the right direction.</p>

<p>now that is an interesting response. </p>

<p>what was your concentration, and what did you write your thesis on?</p>

<p>it may be kind of weird, but i'd almost feel unfulfilled if i didnt get the opportunity to write a thesis on a subject i truly enjoyed.</p>

<p>I concentrated in English and American Literature, and I did my thesis on a poet whose work I adore. I agree completely that the thesis should be a labor of love, and on a topic one is passionate about. </p>

<p>The professor who invited me to do the honors track in English Literature could tell from my participation in her class that I loved English. She probably assumed I was likely to concentrate in the Dept. because the class she taught was writing-intensive and also sort of oddball-- Puritan Literature-- so people just dabbling in the English Dept. would have been pretty unlikely to take it.</p>

<p>The two profs who advised me on my thesis were two different profs, knowledgeable about my specific topic & time period; I asked them to be my thesis advisors. They did not in any way pick my topic-- they met with me when I was planning, and they read my early drafts. They pushed me to deepen & broaden my inquiry and to make the thesis better.</p>

<p>Now just imagine doing a 100-page thesis ON A TYPEWRITER--with revisions! :eek:</p>

<p>i am impressed. this "honors" stuff definitely has my attention.</p>