The Department of English encourages our best juniors and seniors to undertake original and independent work in our field through the Honors in the Major program. This program, established in 1989, is the oldest and most prestigious undergraduate research program at UCF. It's the only undergraduate program that requires students to write, defend and publish an original thesis, the capstone of an exceptional undergraduate career. This thesis is bound and archived in the university library and is available to researchers worldwide through electronic databases.
In order to apply, you must:
HIM is an opportunity to work one-on-one with a scholar or artist in your field to pursue sustained independent reading and to write a thesis.
The Honors in the Major application process has two parts. The first part is the Burnett Honors College Eligibility Form found here: Burnett Honors College application. Once you are found to be eligible, you complete the Department of English HIM application, which involves submitting a brief writing sample (or personal statement) and have a faculty member email a letter of recommendation to the HIM Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org). The application packet is read by a committee of English faculty who then inform you of the decision. You can download the application form. The second part is the Burnett Honors College application.
Your department application should be submitted at least two weeks before the end of classes during the semester before you intend to begin your HIM work. Keep in mind, however, that the application process is faster in the fall and spring semesters than in summer—if you can, apply for fall HIM admission at the end of spring semester rather than during the summer semester. BHC deadlines are available on the BHC website.
You can view past HIM theses in the UCF library; View the list.