Students are encouraged to undertake independent research, such as an Honors Thesis, independent research under the supervision of a faculty member, or service learning projects.
Why write an undergraduate thesis?
- follow a passion and become an “expert” in a specific topic
- build your credentials and create a favorable impression on future employers and graduate schools
- strengthen writing and research skills and foster relationships with faculty members
- expose yourself to the research process and enhance your abilities as a consumer of research
- earn departmental honors, an additional distinction on your diploma
The two-semester course sequence (6001/6002) counts toward your 10-honors course requirement. Many majors allow the thesis to count as a major elective. See the undergraduate Bulletin for your discipline/department for more information. An interdisciplinary thesis option (IDC) is also available.
Resources for writing an honors thesis:
- Thesis Guidelines, including how to write your proposal/prospectus and prospectus form.
- Spring start: Thesis writers who wish to begin their projects in the spring semester must submit their proposals to their advisors and the committee by November 1 of the semester prior to enrolling in 6001H and officially beginning their project. Suggested changes may be made by the mentor and/or the committee and these must be completed and the proposal re-submitted to the Undergraduate Honors Committee, NO LATER than December 1.
- Fall start: Thesis writers who wish to begin their projects in the fall semester, must submit their proposals to their advisors and the committee by April 1 of the semester before they enroll in 6001H and officially begin their project. Suggested changes may be made by the mentor and/or the committee and these must be completed, and the proposal re-submitted to the committee, NO LATER than May 1st.
- Research librarian/Honors liaison, Stephen Francoeur can assist with research and finding examples of prior theses; the library thesis guide offers guidance from start to finish.
- the Writing Center facilitates a writing workshop for thesis writers
- Ebook: How to Write a BA Thesis: A Practical Guide from your First ideas to your Finished Paper available from the Newman library
- Weissman: Independent Study Proposal
- Zicklin and SPA Independent Study opportunities: Contact the department directly to learn more about the process.
- Baruch iMagazine
- Baruch Student Media, including The Ticker, Encounters Literary Magazine, and Dollars & Sense review of business and society.
- Macaulay Press
- The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR)’s list of journals that publish undergraduate student research
- Speak with your faculty mentor regarding other possible publishing opportunities.