GUIDELINES FOR THE HONORS PROGRAM
The Honors Program provides an opportunity for work of greater scope and depth than the Music Department’s standard course offerings. Honors projects typically take the form of independent work that is undertaken over at least two terms, and supervised by one or more members of the music faculty. Students are awarded one course credit for successful completion of this course at the end of the second term of work. Students register for MUS-088 and receive a grade of “ON” (ongoing) at the end of the term. Students do not register for the subsequent term. A final grade will replace the “ON” at the end of the subsequent term at which time the coursework must be completed.
To qualify for Honors, students must have a G.P.A. for Music courses of 3.3 or better, and a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0 or better for all college courses at the time the Honors proposal is submitted to the faculty. Students applying to the Honors Program should have completed, or be in the process of completing, all performance and musicianship requirements for the Major.
Honors projects may take any of the following forms:
- Written Honors thesis
- Recital and supporting paper
- Musical composition and supporting paper
A written Honors thesis should reflect original research and demonstrate analytical and research skills substantially beyond those required for a term paper. A paper submitted in support of a performance or a composition should be regarded as the equivalent of a term paper, with an analytical, historical, or interpretive focus related to the performance or composition. This paper should be of a quality sufficient to receive a grade of A or A- in a relevant upper-division music course in the department. Grading will be based on writing craft and style as well as content. Students should consult The Chicago Manual of Style, Writing about Music, Sources, and other reference works to ensure that their papers follow accepted style for punctuation, citation, bibliography, formatting, and use of music terminology.