Honors Thesis

As the culmination of their educational experience, students in the Faith & Reason Honors Program are required to write, present, and publish an honors thesis (30-50 pages in length) during the Spring semester of their Senior year. 

Development of the Honors Thesis (research and writing) is directed by a full-time faculty member at DeSales University and counts as a 3-credit "independent study" course in the Division of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences (LS 499); with the approval of the director of the Salesian Center, the course may be credited in the respective department/division of the student or faculty member.  This course fulfills a "free elective" requirement in the student's General Education Core curriculum.

The topic of the thesis and the faculty member who directs the research are both chosen by the student, with the approval of the director of the Salesian Center for Faith & Culture.

To receive academic credit for this project, students must register for an "Independent Study" course.  To do so, students must complete the appropriate approval form, which is available from the Academic Affairs Office or from the University's web site.

Each student makes a five-minute summary presentation of his/her thesis at the annual ► Honors Colloquium. At the Colloquium, the best thesis each year, as judged by the ► Review Committee of the Salesian Center for Faith & Culture, receives the annual "Faith & Reason" award.

Honors theses are published by the Salesian Center in an annual journal entitled On the Wings of Truth

Timetable for the Spring 2015 semester   ► printable instructions
Monday, January 12 Registration for the "Independent Study" course 
Monday, April 6
due by 5:00 p.m.
Draft of thesis to be submitted to the Salesian Center for evaluation by Review Committee 
Wednesday, April 8 Students schedule a mock presentation of the thesis.
Thursday, April 16 Review Committee selects the thesis award winner 
Sunday, April 19
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Honors Colloquium, during which each thesis is presented by the author 
Saturday, May 9 Final version of the thesis to be submitted to faculty advisor & to the director of Salesian Center 
Friday, May 22 Publication of the Honors Theses in On the Wings of Truth