Religious Studies majors who have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.65 or higher after six semesters are eligible to apply for candidacy for departmental senior honors. Students considering graduate or professional school are especially encouraged to write a senior thesis, although any undergraduate will benefit greatly from this experience.
The senior honors thesis is a research project that is significantly longer normally 50-75 pages long, but no fewer than 40 pages and no longer than 100 pages. As such it is more intellectually sophisticated than the usual term paper. Each honors candidate works closely with a faculty member associated with the Religious Studies program in developing an independent, focused work of scholarship that builds on the courses the student has taken as a Religious Studies major.