Thesis & Funding


The honors thesis in Religion is an intensive, self-directed research project that comprises two or three courses in the senior year and results in a substantial written work. An honors thesis should build on the knowledge that students have acquired through their previous work. The thesis should be a recognizable reflection of the specific concentration that a student has constructed within the major.

It is expected that students who intend to write honors theses will select courses that will inform their specific project. Students who intend to write an honors thesis should begin a conversation with their advisor as early as is feasible, and preferably by the beginning of their junior year.

Permission to enroll in Religion 498 (the Fall semester honors thesis course) is contingent on the submission of a thesis prospectus and its approval by the department. The prospectus is to contain a description of the thesis project (approximately 500 words) and an initial bibliography. Students should work towards a prospectus with their advisors during the Spring semester of their junior year. The prospectus should be submitted to the department chair no later than the last day of examinations in the spring of the junior year (or the fall for "E" graduates).

Students writing senior theses will enroll in RELI 498 during the fall semester of their senior year, and RELI 499 (ordinarily, a double course) in the spring semester. In some cases students may elect to take RELI 499 as a single course.

Students are responsible for delivering copies of their thesis to their advisor and readers before 5 p.m. on the second Monday of April (or the last Wednesday of November for "E" graduates). The Registrar's Office has formatting and submission guidelines. Please consult the Registrar's website for the format and deposit of the thesis for honors. Oral examinations will be scheduled by Lisa Ballou, Academic Department Coordinator, within ten days following the receipt of the thesis.

Religion Department Thesis Funding 2018/2019

  • Please contact Professor Tariq Jaffer, Chair of the Religion Department, for funding opportunities offered by the Religion Department.

Additional Student Funding

The Office of the Dean of the Faculty has additional information about funding resources for students.