Early Modern Studies Program students may fulfil the honours requirement 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, with the approval of the director, an honours thesis (in conjunction with EMSP 4551.03 and EMSP 4552.03) fulfils 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 (30 credit-hour) course load. The Honours Seminar will not be offered in the 2020/21 academic year.

Honours thesis

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 (all work must be submitted to the Brightspace page for EMSP 4551):

  • October 19: Submission of a one-paragraph topic with a preliminary bibliography
  • November 23: Submission of a first chapter
  • January 11: Submission of a second chapter
  • March 8: Submission of a complete draft
  • April 5: 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 12-16. Students will be expected to answer the examining committee’s questions about the substance and methodology of their work.

Honours colloquium / thesis meetings

Students must meet regularly with their supervisors. Normally, students writing the honours thesis attend a colloquium with the teaching staff and supervisors three times a term. In lieu of the colloquia, students will meet with their supervisor and one other teaching staff member by videoconference, arranged by the supervisor (note: the meetings during the week of Sept. 14 will be with the Director as the other member). Attendance at the scheduled meetings will be required of students who are fulfilling their honours requirement in EMSP by writing an honours thesis. The thesis meetings will occur on the following dates:

  • Week of September 14: Discussion of honours requirement and graduate school applications (with Director)
  • Week of October 19: Discussion of thesis topic proposals
  • Week of November 30: Discussion of first chapter drafts
  • Week of January 18: Discussion of second chapter drafts
  • Week of February 8: Discussion of drafts in progress
  • Week of March 15: Discussion of completed drafts