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Honors Thesis

As the culmination of their educational experience, students in the Faith & Reason Honors Program are required to write, present, and publish an honors thesis (30-50 pages in length) during the Spring semester of their Senior year. 

Development of the Honors Thesis (research and writing) is directed by a full-time faculty member at DeSales University and counts as a 3-credit "independent study" course in the Division of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences (LS 499); with the approval of the director of the Salesian Center, the course may be credited in the respective department/division of the student or faculty member.  This course fulfills a "free elective" requirement in the student's General Education Core curriculum.

The topic of the thesis and the faculty member who directs the research are both chosen by the student, with the approval of the director of the Salesian Center for Faith & Culture.

To receive academic credit for this project,students must register for an "Independent Study" course. To do so, students must complete the appropriate approval form, which is available from the Academic Affairs Office or from the University's web site.

Independent Study Form


Each student makes a five-minute summary presentation of his/her thesis at the annual Honors Colloquium. At the Colloquium, the best thesis each year, as judged by the Review Committee of the Salesian Center for Faith & Culture, receives the annual "Faith & Reason" award.

Honors theses are published by the Salesian Center in an annual journal entitled On the Wings of Truth

Timetable for the Spring 2018 semester   thesis printable instructions
Monday, January 15 Registration for the "Independent Study" course
Monday, April 9
due by 5:00 p.m.
Draft of thesis to be submitted electronically to the Salesian Center for evaluation by Review Committee
Tuesday, April 10  distributed to Review Committee 
Friday, April 20 Review Committee submits its evaluations of each thesis. After we score the results, two semi-finalist theses are sent to Review Committee
Thursday, April 26  selection of thesis winner is conducted by Review Committee @ 12:30 lunch
 Friday, April 27 students undertake revisions of the thesis in view of the final submission and eventual publication
Sunday, April 29
5:30 p.m. - University Center
Honors Colloquium, during which each thesis is presented by the author
Saturday, May 12 Final version of the thesis to be submitted to faculty advisor & to the director of Salesian Center
Friday, May 18 Publication of the Honors Theses in On the Wings of Truth