Early Modern Studies Program students may fulfil the honours requirement (which gives them the 21st credit necessary to graduate with honours) in either of the two honours subjects. Usually this subject will be the one in which the student has taken more classes. In the Early Modern Studies Program, completion of the Honours Seminar (EMSP 4500.06) fulfils the requirement of the honours qualifying examination; alternatively, with the approval of the director, an honours thesis (in conjunction with EMSP 4550.06) may also fulfil the requirement of the honours qualifying examination. Both the Honours Thesis and Honours Seminar are full-year classes. They are normally taken as part of a regular (five credit) course load. The Honours Seminar will not be offered in the 2018/19 academic year.
The honours thesis is a substantial piece of intellectual work on a subject chosen by the student and agreed to by the supervisor, normally a member of the EMSP teaching staff. It is the responsibility of the student to approach potential supervisors and obtain their agreement to supervise the topic chosen. The thesis should normally be between 50 and 70 standard pages in length (between 15,000 and 21,000 words). The following deadlines must be met by students writing honours theses:
- Oct. 17: Submission of a one-paragraph topic with a preliminary bibliography
- Dec. 3: Submission of a first chapter
- Mar. 4: Submission of a complete draft
- Apr. 1: Submission of the finished thesis
Failure to meet any of these deadlines will result in a reduction of a third of a grade to the final mark for the thesis, unless the student can provide documented proof that the delay was unavoidable. The honours thesis will be examined by a committee of the supervisor and two other members of the EMSP teaching staff. Theses will be defended at a half-hour oral exam the week of April 15-18. Students will be expected to answer the examining committee’s questions about the substance and methodology of their work.
A fourth-year honours colloquium for graduating students addresses issues relevant to the honours requirement, graduation, etc. Students in the colloquium meet with the director twice a term. Attendance at the honours colloquium will be required of students who are fulfilling their honours requirement in EMSP by writing an honours thesis; students who are not fulfilling their honours requirement with EMSP or are doing so by completing the Honours Seminar are welcome to attend these meetings but do not have to. There is no need to register for the honours colloquium; it does not count as an ordinary class. The colloquium will meet on the following dates (all meetings will be held in the Scotia Bank Room, 3rd floor, NAB, with the exception of the December 10 colloquium in the Senior Common Room):
- Sep. (11:30): Discussion of honours requirement and graduate school applications
- Oct. 25 (11:30): Discussion of thesis topic proposals
- Dec. 10 (2:30): Thesis research symposium
- Jan. 10 (11:30): Discussion of first chapter drafts
- Feb. 14 (11:30): Discussion of drafts in progress
- Mar. 21 (11:30): Discussion of completed drafts