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 |
|Monday, April 23 ||Review Committee submits its evaluations of each thesis / 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 |