An honors thesis in Classical Studies is, first, a study of primary sources for the cultures of ancient Greece and Rome, like literary and historical texts, inscriptions, sculptures, vase paintings, and murals. After identifying an area of interest, you will work with a faculty advisor to define an appropriate, interesting topic and make a research and writing plan. Emphasis should be placed upon critical analysis and interpretation of primary evidence while secondary literature can be used to build background knowledge and support your interpretation of primary sources. The final thesis should not only be a synthesis of secondary literature.
Other innovative projects are also possible, especially those combining primary evidence from the classical world with your expertise in another discipline. All theses involve significant, analytical writing, the nature and scope of which is to be determined in consultation with the faculty advisor, second reader, and the director of undergraduate studies.
Application for admission into the departmental honors program is usually made during the junior year and the thesis is written during the senior year. You may be nominated by a faculty member or may nominate yourself. Acceptance into the honors program is made by the honors advisor and the Undergraduate Committee.