Senior Honors on the Gulf Coast


Southern Miss offers Senior Honors on the Gulf Coast! This will allow you to graduate with Latin Designation at graduation, write a thesis with an adviser, register early, have access to research grants, gain valuable experience for grad school, and obtain independent study with a professor in your field. Completing Senior Honors is a MUST DO if you have the GPA, can write, and are planning to attend Grad School - this is a good lead-in to your masters thesis work!


Requirements for Senior Honors are:
  • Have at least 40 hours credit completed
  • Have a cumulative 3.25 or higher cumulative GPA
  • Have at least 4 semesters remaining until graduation (summers count)

 

Application process:
  • Fill out the Senior Honors Application
  • Turn in a resume of your work/school experience including any extra curricular activities
  • Turn in a writing example from a previous class (~1000+ words)
  • Get one previous instructor to write a letter of support and send to Hattiesburg or Dr. Holt's Office
  • Turn in to Honors College in Hattiesburg or Dr. Holt's Office at Gulf Park Campus (Science Building)

 

The Steps to complete Senior Honors
  • Get an Adviser in your field (Dr. Holt can help)
  • Work with your adviser and settle on a topic
  • Sign up for HON 300 (1 hour - will show you basic research techniques) (taught on the coast via IVN/Web Fall and Spring)
  • Sign up for HON 301 (3 hours - will show you how to write a scientific paper) and complete your thesis prospectus (taught on the coast via IVN Fall, Spring, and Summer)
  • Take 3 hours (preferably one per semester - must be continuously enrolled while writing your thesis) of 492H in your field (used to write your thesis)
  • Fill out progress reports in the middle and end of each semester and send to Honors College
  • Complete a general knowledge 3-hour comprehensive exam or equivalent as per your department in your final semester
  • Get your Adviser and Chair to report you passing your comps to the Honors College
  • Get your Adviser to approve your thesis
  • Get your Chair to approve your thesis
  • Get the Honors College to approve your thesis
  • Have your Adviser and Chair sign your thesis signature pages on cotton bond
  • Print as many copies as you would like to have bound (2 minimum) on cotton bond
  • Put each copy of your thesis in an 8.5"x11" envelope with a copy of your title page taped to the outside
  • Turn these in to Hattiesburg or Dr. Holt's Office
  • Graduate with LATIN LETTER HONORS!

 

The Ideal Senior Honors Run Time (2 full years) leading into starting semester
Fill out application and get accepted to the College
  • Approach Advisers in your field and have one agree to help you (Dr. Holt can help)
  • Work with your adviser and settle on a general topic
  • Start reading any peer-reviewed documents on your topic (be sure to keep notes of what you read)
  • Sign up for HON 300 Your First Semester
  • Pass HON 300
  • Continue to work with your adviser!

 

Your Second Semester
  • Sign up for HON 301
  • Continue research for HON 301 and complete your thesis prospectus (Intro, Lit Review, Methodology)
  • Work with your adviser, continue expanding your lit review and begin field research
  • In your Summer - work on your research (consider applying for research grant through Honors College)

 

Your Third Semester
  • Take 1 or 2 hours of 492H in your field (used to write your thesis)
  • Work with your adviser, try to finish all field work and research, write results section
  • Fill out progress reports at midterm and end of semester
  • Inform the Chair of your department of your intent to take your comps

 

Your Last Semester
  • Take 1 or 2 hours of 492H in your field (used to write your thesis)
  • Work with your adviser and complete your thesis
  • Fill out progress reports at midterm and end of semester
  • Take your Comps
  • Get your thesis approved and printed