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Welcome to the Honors in the Major Portal!

The application window for the Fall 2020 semester opens on August 24. The deadline to apply is November 20 at 4:30pm Eastern.

ON SECURING E-SIGNATURES: Electronic signature options include DocuSign, HelloSign, or electronically signing the fillable PDF form directly. Please refer to page 4 of the Honors in the Major Handbook for more information.

This online portal is for all students beginning an HITM thesis in Summer 2020 or beyond. It is also for all Psychology students who used the online portal prior to Summer 2020. If you are a student who began an HITM thesis before Summer 2020 and were not previously using this portal, you should email PDF documents of your required paperwork to HITM@fsu.edu by the posted deadlines.

Students do not need to be part of the University Honors Program in order to start their Honors Thesis. In fact, FSU students with a 3.20 GPA (both FSU and cumulative) and 60 credit hours completed by the end of the semester of application may begin work on their thesis. Additional requirements are in place for specific majors, so be sure to consult your department's Liaison for more details.

 Admission Requirements:

  • Must be a current FSU student
  • Must be formally accepted into your major
  • Must have a 3.20 FSU GPA
  • Must have at least 60 completed college credits by the end of the semester of application
  • Must have at least 12 completed FSU credits by the end of the semester of application
  • Must have at least 2 semesters remaining until graduation
The first step in beginning your application will be finding your thesis director. Your thesis director will be a full-time tenured, tenure-track, or specialized FSU faculty member in your major. If you nominate a specialized faculty member, they must have a terminal degree in the field or must have graduate faculty status. You may already have a faculty member in mind, but if you're not sure who in your department might be a good fit, you can reach out to the Liaison for your department. Most departments at FSU also have faculty research interests listed on their website.

Once you have recruited your thesis director you will work together to clarify a working title for your research. Although this title may be changed, it should give a clear idea of what your research will be about. You should also come up with a brief working description of your thesis project idea.

Your thesis director may also be able to share valuable insights on broadening or narrowing the scope of your research to make sure you are able to conclude your project within your anticipated timeline.

You will also need to discuss your timeline with your thesis director. You are required to complete a minimum of 2 semesters and 6 credit hours in order to earn Honors in the Major. These semesters should be consecutive, with the exception of the summer semester. You can take up to 9 credit hours of honors thesis work over 3 semesters if necessary. All requirements must be met and your thesis must be successfully defended before graduation from FSU with your bachelor's degree.