The senior thesis allows a student to complete a substantial project, which applies the knowledge gained in the major(s), demonstrates a practical command of research techniques and writing ability, and shows the student’s ability to work independently.

In order to graduate with honors from the University of South Carolina Honors College, students must complete and successfully defend a senior thesis or project.  Honors students consult with a faculty mentor and the Honors College Thesis Coordinator to plan a thesis project based on their academic and creative interests. Options include an analysis of a controversial social issue, research in an academic discipline, scientific research, a service-learning or pro bono project, and a creative project such as a play or series of short stories.

You will build up your thesis throughout your years in the Honors College by completing coursework in our diverse curriculum, participating in research, engaging with faculty, and narrowing your areas of academic and professional interest. By the end of your junior year, you should have a well-developed thesis plan that you can implement in your senior year.

Students interested in learning more about senior thesis guidlines and funding opportunities should visit the current students page for additional information.

View past senior thesis papers and projects here.

Recent Thesis Titles:

Observations of a Volunteer: A comparative analysis of the healthcare systems in India and the United States

John Hughes and Cultural Memoir: Contextualizing the Female-drive teen films of the 1980s

“Literally” Speaking: Language, Prescriptivism and Ideology

The Forts Where We Hide: A Short Memoir

A Case Study on the CATS Care Program: An in-depth look at the 2011 NBA Lockout

Beyond the Veil: Misconceptions of Islamic Dress

The Changing Role of the First Lady Throughout History

Evaluating YouTube as an Approach to Musical Education

The Advent and Marketing Techniques

Without Books: An Individual Giving Campaign for Rolling Leaders of the Midlands

The Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009 and the Effect on Young Consumers Under 21

 Of Malt and Men: The Craft Beer Revolution and Its Impact on American Beer Culture

The Intersection of Science and Foreign Language: Designing French Picture Books about Biology

Examining University in Literature in Gone With the Wind and Doctor Zhivago

The Art of Conducting: Preparing Music On and Off the Podium