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As one of the requirements for an Honors College diploma, every senior must undertake a year-long thesis project.

For this project, students focus on the skills they have learned during the core courses and seminars and apply them to an original, extended research project.

Thesis Process

Students will begin their thesis work in the second semester of the junior year, under the direction of a faculty adviser. The project is completed in the student’s final semester when they present the results of their research to the campus community.

The nature of the individual project depends on the discipline:

  • Students in the sciences typically write an extended lab report, detailing extensive lab research and including a general 10-15 page introduction and relevant bibliography;
  • Students in the social sciences and the humanities generally develop research and/or critical work, approximately 50 pages long, that presents an original argument situated with a comprehensive literature review and thorough bibliography;
  • Students in the arts—including graphic design, performing arts, studio art, and creative writing—will often develop a substantial new work in their field that will be accompanied by a 10-15 page critical introduction and supporting bibliography.

Guidelines for Thesis

Thesis Highlights

Students present their work in the spring of their final year at Adelphi at the Research and Creative Works Conference and are encouraged to take their research beyond the campus and attend the Northeast Regional Honors Council and meetings in their academic disciplines.

Honors student Sophie Meyers presents her thesis to Lawrence Hobbie at Adelphi University

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