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, an honours thesis (in conjunction with EMSP 4550.06) may fulfil the requirement of the honours qualifying examination. The Honours Thesis is a full-year course, normally taken as part of a regular (five-credit) course load.

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:

  • October 16: Submission of a one-paragraph topic with a preliminary bibliography
  • December 4: Submission of a first chapter
  • March 5: Submission of a complete draft
  • April 2: 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 16-20. Students will be expected to answer the examining committee’s questions about the substance and methodology of their work.

Honours colloquium

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):

  • September 21 (11:30): Discussion of honours requirement and graduate school applications
  • October 26 (11:30): Discussion of thesis topic proposals
  • January 11 (11:30): Discussion of first chapter drafts
  • March 22 (11:30): Discussion of completed drafts