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Thesis Information

The Benefits of Writing a Thesis

The honors thesis presents both a great challenge and a great opportunity. The preparation for a thesis, including both research and writing, can help focus your interests, provide perspective on your major, develop scholarly skills, and encourage creativity and independent effort.

Writing the thesis can also prove a benefit when applying to graduate or professional school, or applying to a job after graduation. Admissions committees in many of the best graduate and professional schools often consider students especially well qualified who have already participated successfully in the original research represented by an honors thesis.

Note: Completed theses are stored in the Honors College office.  Please feel free to stop by to look over a completed thesis and check one out, if needed.  They can also be accessed in the Alkek Library Digital Collections

The Thesis Process

Students must fulfill the following steps to begin a thesis:

  1. Find a topic that you are passionate about, and would like to pursue.
  2. Find a supervisor and/or second reader. Meet with your advisor and have him or her sign the thesis application found on the Downloadable Forms page. 
  3. Schedule a meeting with the Dean of the Honors College, Dr. Heather Galloway, to get approval for your proposed thesis topic. Be sure to bring the signed thesis application to this meeting. Please e-mail honors@txstate.edu to request an appointment.
  4. Enroll in the thesis course when registering for classes.

Thesis FAQs

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How is the thesis course structured?

Normally, thesis students meet with thesis supervisors weekly. It will be your responsibility to apprise your thesis supervisor and your second reader of your work and progress. Having a second reader is optional.

Midway through the semester, you will turn in a rough draft to both the thesis supervisor and the dean of the Honors College. Should a report indicate that your work is unsatisfactory, you will be asked to drop the course.

Thesis students are required to present at the Honors Thesis Forum held at the end of the Fall semester or the Undergraduate Research Conference held at the end of the Spring semester.

How do you format the thesis?

Use the documentation format, as well as paper type, margins, and table of contents format followed in completing a master's thesis or its equivalent that is used in the academic department of your thesis supervisor or most closely related to your thesis.  The Graduate College guide to preparing a thesis is located here.  Your thesis should have an abstract.  The most common errors in thesis formatting are incorrect margins and professor names and titles, so please check these carefully.

Visit the Downloadable Forms page to access the format for the Thesis Signature Page and Thesis Title Page.

How do you turn in the thesis?

Honors students may either use the back desk computer and staff printer in the Honors College to print their theses, or make other arrangements to print at professional printers such as Kinko's. Students must print two copies of their theses. One of these will be filed in the Honors College and one will remain in the University Archives at special collections area of Alkek Library.

Students must then have their theses signed by their thesis supervisors, and take their theses to Dr. Galloway, the Dean of the Honors College for her review and signature. Students will then take the signed thesis copies to the circulation desk in Alkek Library to be bound. Though the Honors College pays for the first two copies, students may purchase extra copies from Alkek for $9 each.

The binding process takes about six weeks.  Alkek Library will mail you any extra copies you ordered.

How does grading work for the thesis class?

Your grade for Honors 4390B will be recommended by the thesis supervisor, who needs to send your grade in writing via campus mail or e-mail to the dean. The Honors College dean is the teacher of record for Honors 4390B. Your grade will be sent to the Registrar by our office after receiving both the grade from your thesis supervisor and the two copies of your honors thesis, signed by your thesis supervisor.