Yearly Requirements

Oxford Honors Scholars must complete one of the following tracks in order to maintain the yearly stipend. Students will be expected to declare an expected track by the end of the first year.

Track 1: For students who are strongly considering participation in the Oxford Tutorial Program (likely studying at Oxford in the Junior year).

By the end of the freshman year:*

  • Honors ENG 112 (All should enroll in this course in the fall.)
  • A second honors section or increment. One or both of the following are highly recommended:
    • Honors FDN 112
    • Honors ENG 213
  • Honors Reading Group (Students who take the honors sections FDN 112 and ENG 213 may delay the Reading Group requirement until fall of sophomore year.)
  • Four periodic workshops

By the end of the sophomore year:

  • Honors Interdisciplinary Seminar (This requirement can also be fulfilled by taking 3 sections of Honors Reading Group)
  • An Honors Section, Increment, or Contract
  • Honors Reading Group (if not taken in spring of freshman year)**
  • Practice Tutorial (spring–may be designed to fulfill an Honors Contract, if desired, especially if the tutorial is designed to promote early thesis research)
  • One workshop (fall)

By the end of the junior year:

  • Honors thesis orientation (fall)
  • Study at Oxford
  • Selection of thesis advisor
  • Thesis topic and research progress

By the end of the senior year:

  • Submission of thesis proposal to the Honors Program Committee
  • Presentation of thesis project at Poster Session
  • Submission of completed thesis

*Students who become Oxford Honors Scholars during or after the freshman year will have to complete some of these elements early in the sophomore year.

**Students may satisfy the Honors Reading Group requirement in either the spring of the freshman year or the fall of the sophomore year.

Track 2: For students who are strongly considering participation in the Oxford Tutorial Program (likely studying at Oxford in the Senior year).

  • By the end of the freshman year*:
    • Honors English 112 (all should enroll in this course in the fall)
    • Some other Honors Section, Increment, or Contract (a Section is highly recommended)
    • Honors Reading Group (recommended no earlier than spring of freshman year)**
    • Five periodic workshops
  • By the end of the sophomore year:
    • An Honors Section, Increment, or Contract
    • Honors Reading Group (if not taken in spring of freshman year)**
  • By the end of the junior year:
    • Honors Interdisciplinary Seminar (This requirement can also be fulfilled by taking 3 sections of Honors Reading Group)
    • Practice Tutorial (spring–may be designed to fulfill an Honors Contract, if desired, especially if the tutorial is designed to promote early thesis research)
    • One workshop (fall)
    • Honors thesis orientation (spring)
    • Selection of thesis advisor
    • Thesis topic and research progress
  • By the end of the senior year:
    • Study at Oxford
    • Submission of thesis proposal to the Honors Program Committee
    • Presentation of thesis project at Poster Session (unless this conflicts with the period of study at Oxford)
    • Submission of completed thesis

*Students who become Oxford Honors Scholars during or after the freshman year will have to complete some of these elements early in the sophomore year.

**Students may satisfy the Honors Reading Group requirement in either the spring of the freshman year or the fall of the sophomore year.

Track 3: For students who do not intend to complete some portion of their study at Oxford.

  • By the end of the freshman year*:
    • Honors English 112 (all should enroll in this course in the fall)
    • Some other Honors Section, Increment, or Contract (a Section is highly recommended)
    • Honors Reading Group (recommended no earlier than spring of freshman year)**
    • Five periodic workshops
  • By the end of the sophomore year:
    • An Honors Section, Increment, or Contract
    • Honors Interdisciplinary Seminar
    • Honors Reading Group (if not taken in spring of freshman year)**
    • One workshop (fall)
  • By the end of the junior year:
    • Honors thesis orientation (fall or spring)
    • Selection of thesis advisor
    • Thesis topic and research progress
  • By the end of the senior year:
    • Submission of thesis proposal to the Honors Program Committee
    • Presentation of thesis project at Poster Session
    • Submission of completed thesis

*Students who become Oxford Honors Scholars during or after the freshman year will have to complete some of these elements early in the sophomore year.

**Students may satisfy the Honors Reading Group requirement in either the spring of the freshman year or the fall of the sophomore year.

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