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, which includes how to write your proposal/prospectus and the 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.
- Macaulay Sponsored Research Assistantships
- NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)
- LSAMP The NYC Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (NYCLSAMP) provides academic scholarship support to CUNY students majoring in the STEM disciplines. For additional information contact Clyde W. Lewis by email at email@example.com
- 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.
Kamelia Kilawan: research from the student’s perspective
Kamelia is a Provost Scholar and Jeanette K. Watson Fellow concentrating on Journalism and Religious Studies. She is curious about the thread that binds the city’s ethnic communities and is using this passion to strengthen her skills as a journalist. She recently won the CUNY Thomas Tam Prize. See her blog, Culture Kamelia.