Sophomore Essay is a two-semester-hour class in which Honors Program students develop a research project on a subject of their choice. The essay addresses an original thesis formulated by the student, summing up a semester of research and reflection in a well-argued position paper.
Students have the opportunity to work with a faculty sponsor, and typically use this project to develop and integrate knowledge gained in previous academic work or to investigate a new subject. The Honors Program associate director and one of the university’s librarians lead the class. The class provides support for essay students’ research.
Students can complete this class in either the fall or spring term of the sophomore year.