Membership in the Honors Program at Wagner College culminates in a Senior Honors Project.
Students should begin to consider their Senior Honors Project at the beginning of their junior year. Students should think about possible projects and discuss ideas with faculty members. In the spring semester of the junior year, students must identify a faculty supervisor willing to mentor their Senior Honors Project.
A Senior Honors Project may take the form of a classic research-based thesis, an empirical study, a production or performance in one of the arts (e.g., mounting of a play, curation of an exhibition, recital), a work of art (e.g., play, novella, musical composition, paintings, photographs), or a computer program. The critical idea is that the project is a culmination of the student’s career of study at Wagner College.
Depending on the student's major, the Senior Learning Community Project might fulfill the goals of the Senior Honors Project. Students considering the option of submitting the Senior Learning Community Project as the Senior Honors Project should first consult with their major advisor, and then consult with the professor or professors supervising their Senior Learning Community Project. The student is responsible for determining whether it will be feasible to complete the project by April of the senior year.
Alternatively, a student's Senior Honors Project might be designed to fulfill the requirements for departmental honors. Students interested in this option should consult with the faculty member supervising their Senior Honors Project.
The following options are available to students:
The Senior Honors Project may be submitted as a student’s Senior Learning Community Project.
The Senior Honors Project may be submitted for departmental honors.
The Senior Honors Project may count for EITHER the Senior Learning Community Project OR departmental honors. In other words, the Senior Honors Project may count as two major projects, but not three.
A written project will usually take the form of an extensive report of the student’s research, including a bibliography. The format of the thesis should follow the standard guidelines of the discipline (e.g., APA, Chicago, MLA). The average thesis amounts to at least 40 pages.
A work of art should be of substantial length; for example, a full program of music, a novella-length work of fiction, a series of photographs, a series of poems. A permanent record of a performance is required (e.g., an audio or video recording).
A production or curation ought to reflect a substantial amount of time in planning and execution. A record of the performance should be constructed and submitted (such as production notes, a video recording of the production, a catalogue of works). In one case, a student wrote and produced a play on campus. One of the performances was videotaped.
For students graduating in May or August, the Senior Honors Project must be approved by the faculty member supervising the project and submitted to one of the Co-Directors of the Honors Program by April 15. Exceptions include recitals or performances that are scheduled late in the semester.
A public presentation of the Senior Honors Project is the final requirement of the Honors Program. The public presentation forum is open to the Wagner College community, family, and friends of the students.
Instructions for completing the senior honors project:
- Identify a faculty member willing to supervise your Senior Honors Project.
- Complete the Senior Honors Project Proposal (below).
- Communicate with the faculty supervisor for your Senior Honors Project to finalize the brief description of the project. Once finalized, request that the faculty supervisor forward the proposal to either of the co-directors of the Honors Program. The deadline for forwarding the Senior Honors Project Proposal is April 30 of the student's junior year.
- For May and August graduates, the final approved version of the Senior Honors Project is due to one of the co-directors of the Honors Program by April 15 of the senior year. The Senior Honors Project Completion form must be downloaded, it must be signed by the faculty member who supervised the project, and it must be submitted along with the completed project.
Submit the Senior Honors Project Completion form with your final draft of your thesis.
If you have questions about the Senior Honors Project, please feel welcome to contact Dr. Amy Eshleman, Professor of Psychology and Director of the Honors Program (firstname.lastname@example.org).