The pursuit of honors in an academic concentration is an opportunity for intensive engagement. The process of designing a research project, practicing disciplinary ways of thinking, and presenting one's research to others develops expertise and heightened communication skills as well as deepened relationships with a faculty mentor. An honors project prepares students for entry into graduate study and other professions beyond Brown, while also clarifying and culminating the undergraduate experience.
All departments have requirements and deadlines for entry, submission, and awarding of honors. These requirements are approved by the College Curriculum Council (CCC) and published in the University Bulletin. They are also posted on concentration websites. Honors criteria include specific requirements for each of the major stages of the process: becoming an honors candidate; pursuing, completing, and submitting the honors project; and evaluating the candidate’s completed work.
The College Curriculum Council has endorsed a set of best practices to ensure clarity and consistency across the University. The Guidelines are posted on this site.