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Information and Procedures for English Departmental Honors Students 

While you will continue to plan your courses with your English Department advisor, please meet with the Departmental Honors Coordinator (DHC) as you approach enrolling in your graduate seminar, English 4444 (Independent Study), and English 4644 (Honors Thesis). Schedule this meeting early in the semester before you take each of these courses to discuss the procedures for enrolling.

  • You are also required to take one 2000- or 3000-level English Honors course, excluding 2091G, 2099G, 3090G. You will not need to meet with the DHC before enrolling in this course.
  • Enrollment in a graduate seminar is limited to students with senior status and requires completion of a waiver to allow an undergraduate to enroll in a graduate course. This waiver is available on the Graduate School website and is submitted to the Graduate School. The staff of the Graduate School must approve the waiver and enroll you in the course you request.
  • After consultation with the DHC and with the faculty member with whom you plan to take English 4444 or 4644, the DHC will request that Dr. Ringuette enroll you in the course.
  • Early in the semester that you plan to complete your thesis and/or graduate, you must contact the Honors College to inform them of your plans. The thesis should be completed no later than early in finals week. The required title page must be completed and signed by the DHC, your thesis advisor, and Dr. Ringuette.
  • One copy of the completed thesis should be submitted to the DHC and another to the Sandra and Jack Pine Honors College.
  • Departmental Honors students are eligible for priority registration.

If you are interested in taking part in a peer writing group while enrolled in English 4444 or 4644 or are newly enrolled in the program and wish to meet with students who are writing their theses, please contact the DHC.

Note: You are eligible to apply for an Sandra and Jack Pine Honors College Continuing Student Scholarship and the Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities Grant. If you have a research or creative project you would like to pursue with a faculty mentor, contact the Departmental Honors Coordinator about the application process.

Sandra and Jack Pine Honors College website

English Departmental Honors Coordinator:

Marjorie Worthington, Coleman Hall 3321, mgworthington@eiu.edu

[NOTE: THESE REQUIREMENTS MAY VARY IF YOU ARE GRADUATING UNDER AN OLDER CATALOG. CHECK WITH THE DEPARTMENTAL HONORS COORDINATOR AND YOUR ADVISOR IF THIS IS THE CASE.]