We encourage all majors to pursue graduation with distinction by writing a thesis. You can earn one of three levels of recognition for your work: Distinction, High Distinction, and Highest Distinction. A departmental committee will determine the level of distinction on the basis of the oral examination, the conduct of the research, and the quality of the written thesis. This committee will include your supervising professor and two other faculty members from the department.
- French Majors: minimum 3.3 GPA overall, 3.3 in the major
- Italian Major: minimum 3.3 GPA overall, 3.3 in the major
- Portuguese Major: 3.3 GPA overall, 3.3 in the major
- Romance Studies Major: 3.3 GPA overall, 3.3 in the major
- Spanish Major: minimum 3.3 GPA overall, 3.5 in the major
Your grade point average must be sustained until graduation.
How to Apply
Students interested in pursuing graduation with distinction should obtain more information and submit an application to Room 107 in the Languages Building. You need to complete the application no later than the end of registration for the fall semester of your senior year. You must also approach the professor who will supervise your thesis work to discuss your project and obtain approval from the director of undergraduate studies.
During the spring of your junior year, you will choose your topic and register for a research independent study course, conducted in the target language, for the fall semester of your senior year. Complete the research independent study form in consultation with your supervising professor. The application for graduation with distinction requires the signatures of faculty members who will be serving on your thesis committee and is due during this registration period. In your senior year, you will register for the Honors Thesis for the spring semester and write your thesis under the direction of your supervising professor.
|French||FRENCH493 - Research Independent Study||FRENCH495 - Honors Thesis|
|Italian||ITALIAN493 - Research Independent Study||ITALIAN495 - Honors Thesis|
|Portuguese||PORTUGUE493 - Research Independent Study||PORTUGUE495 - Honors Thesis|
|Romance Studies||ROMST393 - Research Independent Study||ROMST 495 - Honors Thesis|
|Spanish||SPANISH493 - Research Independent Study||SPANISH496 - Honors Thesis|
Your thesis, offered in support of candidacy for graduation with distinction, will be a written document of approximately 40 pages in length.
You will defend your thesis (in the foreign language of your major) before the committee no later than the last day of classes. The defense will be conducted orally and usually lasts approximately 45 minutes to an hour.
All departmental honors theses that have been digitally submitted to Duke University Libraries may be found here.