Honors in Environmental Studies

Honors in Environmental Studies (Major or Concentration)

Candidates for honors in Environmental Studies will complete a thesis in their senior year. A student earns honors by successfully completing a rigorous independent project under the supervision of a member of the CES faculty. The thesis may either be a one-semester plus winter study project, or a full year project (two semesters plus winter study). Students who are majoring in environmental studies, and who opt to complete a year-long thesis project, need only complete a four-course specialization cluster. Honors will be awarded on the basis of the academic merit and originality demonstrated by the student in the completed thesis.

Because many theses will require sustained field, laboratory or archival work that is difficult to combine with conventional coursework, students are strongly encouraged to spend the summer before senior year and/or their senior year Winter Study doing honors research. Funds to support student research are available from endowment funds of the CES, and an open competition is held each spring to allocate summer funding resources. Some other departments also provide limited support for summer thesis research. Students and their faculty sponsors should plan the thesis with the expectation of such research in mind.

Juniors who wish to apply to pursue honors should submit a 5-page proposal to their intended advisor and the Chair of Environmental Studies by the end of the week following spring break. If a student wishes to work with a faculty member not affiliated with CES, the student must also identify a co-advisor from within the program. Environmental Studies concentrators may undertake an honors thesis and submit it to both their major department and Environmental Studies; petitions for a joint honors project should be approved by the department chair and the Chair of Environmental Studies by the end of the junior year. Students will be notified by the end of the spring semester whether or not their proposal has been approved.

Guidelines for the thesis proposal and the thesis process itself (including deadlines and requirements for progress reports and for presenting the final project) are available on the CES website.

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