Procedures for Admission to the Honors Program in English

Applications to the Honors Program in English must be submitted no later than the second semester of a student's junior year. The deadline is Wednesday, April 1, 2015.

Eligibility: To be eligible for the Honors Program, applicants must have received more As than Bs in courses taken as part of the concentration.  Courses completed with a grade of C will not count toward an Honors Concentration.

The application procedure consists of the following steps:

  1. If you have not yet declared your concentration in English, please see Professor Tamar Katz, Honors Advisor, for guidance in completing the concentration declaration form.
  2. Complete the English Honors Program application and submit it to the department as early as possible (but no later than April 1) in the spring semester of your junior year. Forms are available online and in the English Department office at 70 Brown Street.
  3. Request two letters of recommendation, which must be submitted to Professor Katz by the application deadline
    a) A letter of recommendation and support from the English faculty member who has agreed to serve as your thesis advisor, and
    b) A letter of recommendation from a professor from whom you have taken an English course. (If necessary, letters may come from faculty in related departments. Letters from teaching assistants may only serve as supplementary recommendations.)
  4. Provide a brief sample of your critical writing. No more than five to seven pages is needed (a course paper, for example).
  5. Submit a one-page description of your proposed project signed by the faculty member who has agreed to serve as your thesis advisor.
  6. Submit a copy of the Registrar's internal academic transcript of grades (from Banner) for courses completed at Brown or transferred for credit.
  7. Update your ASK concentration plan so that it accurately reflects the courses you are using. Submit a full pdf copy that includes your name.

Students who are studying off campus are expected to meet the application submission deadline. Students planning to be abroad during the spring semester of the junior year should consider submitting all application materials before leaving campus in December.

Applications will be evaluated and candidates will be informed of the decision before the start of registration for fall courses. Students whose applications have been accepted should register for ENGL1991 for the fall semester 2015.

Application materials may be left with Marianne Costa in the English Department office.