The senior honors thesis is the capstone experience of the honors program within an academic department or program. It is a two-semester sequence during which students work, under the supervision of an advisor, on a substantial piece of original research and writing. Students must then defend their theses to an advisory committee. The thesis requires a major commitment of time and energy, and ordinarily attracts only a small percentage of graduating seniors. Only those who have successfully written and defended a thesis can graduate with Honors, High Honors or Highest Honors. Senior honors theses on paper (from 1950 to 2013) can be found in Brandeis Library OneSearch and may be consulted in the University Archives.
Since the creation of the Brandeis Institutional Repository, 400 theses are available to view and offer a great look into the scholarship produced by our undergraduate community.
As an author of a Senior Honor Thesis, it is important to know that "Authors retain copyright to their work."
If you are writing a thesis and you are interested in submitting your work to the Brandeis Institutional Repository, please read on for more information about the submission process. Senior thesis writers also have the option of submitting a paper copy of their work to the University Archives.
When getting ready to submit your thesis, also check with your department for particular procedures. Most departments require a cover sheet. Below you will find a PDF template of a cover sheet that you can use.
If you would like your thesis to be embargoed, please contact us with the details including the length of the embargo and the reason. You can contact us at: http://bir.brandeis.edu/cgi-bin/bir_feedback.pl