Honors Thesis As Capstone

The following majors at The University of Maine accept a completed Honors Thesis, in the major or a closely related area and with a faculty member from the department as advisor, as an alternative to all or part of the senior capstone experience. Click on your major below for more info! For further information specific to your major or department, please consult with your advisor or department chair. (Note: this page is updated on an ongoing basis.)

Anthropology

An Honors Thesis (HON498 and HON499) on a topic in anthropology and advised by an appropriate faculty member may be substituted for the Department of Anthropology capstone course (ANT492). The thesis proposal form must be signed by the chair of the Department of Anthropology.

Aquaculture

An Honors Thesis (HON498 and HON499) on a topic in aquaculture and advised by an appropriate faculty member may be substituted for SMS400, Capstone Research Experience in Marine Science. The thesis proposal form must be signed by the director of the School of Marine Sciences.

Art History

An Honors Thesis (HON498 and HON499) on a topic in art history and advised by an art history faculty member will be accepted as a capstone experience for all students in Art History. The thesis proposal form must be signed by the chair of the Department of Art.

Biochemistry, Microbiology, and Molecular Biology

An Honors Thesis (HON498 and HON499) on a topic in Molecular and Biomedical Sciences and advised by an appropriate faculty member may be substituted for the 6 credits of BMB491 required of MBS students. The laboratory research component of BMB491 must be part of the thesis experience. The thesis proposal form must be signed by the chair of the Department of Molecular and Biomedical Sciences.

Biology, Botany, and Zoology

An Honors Thesis (HON498 and HON499) on a topic in biological sciences and advised by an appropriate faculty member will be accepted as a capstone experience for all students in the School of Biology and Ecology (BA/BS, biology/botany/zoology). The thesis proposal form must be signed by the director of the School of Biology and Ecology.

Business Administration (Accounting, Finance, Management, and Marketing)

Students in the Maine Business School writing an Honors thesis (HON498 and HON499) in an appropriate area and advised by a faculty member in the MBS are exempt from taking BUA449 (Strategic Management) as the capstone experience. Thesis proposal form must have signature of the Associate Dean of the Maine Business School.

Chemistry

An Honors Thesis (HON498 and HON499) on a topic in chemistry and advised by an appropriate faculty member will be accepted as a capstone experience for all students in Chemistry (BA or BS). The thesis proposal form must be signed by the chair of the Department of Chemistry.

Communication

Honors students may count their Honors theses (HON498 and HON499) as their capstone experience instead of CMJ 485, as long as the topic and the faculty advisor are within the major. Students who elect this option are required to take one additional course (3 credits) other than CMJ 102, 103, or 106 from the Major Course Requirements list. The thesis proposal form must be signed by the chair of the Department of Communication and Journalism.

Earth & Climate Sciences

With written approval of the departmental chair, an Honors Thesis (HON498 and HON499) on a topic in earth sciences and advised by an appropriate faculty member will be accepted as a capstone experience for students in Earth Sciences (BA or BS). The thesis proposal form must be signed by the chair of the Department of Earth Sciences.

Ecology and Environmental Sciences

Students writing an Honors thesis (HON498 and HON499) are exempt from taking EES400 (Senior Paper in Ecology and Environmental Sciences) but do have to complete EES489 (Critical Issues in Ecology and Environmental Sciences Policy). Thesis proposal form must have signature of the director of the Ecology and Environmental Sciences program.

Economics and Financial Economics

An Honors Thesis (HON498 and HON498) on a topic in economics and advised by a faculty member in the School of Economics will be accepted as a capstone experience for all students seeking School of Economics degrees (ECO-BA, ECO-BS and FIE). The thesis proposal form must be signed by the director of the School of Economics.

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Students writing an Honors thesis (HON 498 and HON 499) are exempt from taking ECE 402 & ECE 403 (Electrical Engineers) or ECE 406 & ECE 403 (Computer Engineers). Honors students do have to complete ECE 401 (Electrical Engineers) or ECE 405 (Computer Engineers). The instructor for ECE 402, 406 & 403 will be responsible for assigning the letter grade of HON 498 & 499. The thesis proposal form must be signed by the chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Engineering Physics

Engineering physics students (BA or BS) writing an Honors thesis (HON498 and HON499) are exempt from taking PHY481 (Project Laboratory in Physics I) and PHY482 (Projects Laboratory in Physics II) but do have to complete the project assignments in those courses. The project must meet the applicable ABET criteria. Thesis proposal form must be signed by the PHY 481/482 instructor. Students must still take PHY 400.

English

An Honors Thesis (HON498 and HON499) on a topic in English studies and advised by an appropriate faculty member will be accepted as a capstone experience for all students majoring in English. The thesis proposal form must be signed by the chair of the Department of English.

Environmental Horticulture

Students writing an Honors Thesis (HON498 and HON499) with strong horticultural content are exempt from taking PSE430 for their capstone experience. They are encouraged to work with a professor who has expertise in horticulture, landscape design or plant science as their thesis advisor. The Environmental Horticulture program coordinator must approve the thesis proposal form.

French

The Honors Thesis (HON498 and HON499) may be used as a capstone course for the language major as long as the student uses the language in which he or she is majoring. The Honors thesis and/or presentation should be done in the language or the majority of the work should be done in the language. The thesis proposal form must be signed by the chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Classics.

German

The Honors Thesis (HON498 and HON499) may be used as a capstone course for the language major as long as the student uses the language in which he or she is majoring. The Honors thesis and/or presentation should be done in the language or the majority of the work should be done in the language. The thesis proposal form must be signed by the chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Classics.

Human Dimensions of Climate Change

An Honors Thesis (HON498 and HON499) may fulfill the capstone requirement for Human Dimensions of Climate Change as long as it is of a relevant subject matter to the major. While it fulfills the capstone requirement, it does not contribute to the overall credit requirement in the major, so students may need to take an additional course in the major to reach the minimum number of credits.

Interdisciplinary Studies B.A.

The student and the program committee should plan an appropriate capstone project for approval by Interdisciplinary Studies, normally no later than two semesters before graduation; appropriate department capstone courses or Honors theses may be proposed to satisfy this requirement.

International Affairs

(except History and Women’s Studies) — click on the department for the specific information

Latin

The Honors Thesis (HON498 and HON499) satisfies the capstone requirement as long as the the student uses Latin to a significant degree in her or his thesis. The thesis proposal form must be signed by the chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Classics.

Marine Science

An Honors Thesis (HON498 and HON499) on a topic in marine science and advised by an appropriate faculty member may be substituted for SMS400, Capstone Research Experience in Marine Science. The thesis proposal form must be signed by the director of the School of Marine Sciences.

Mass Communication

Honors students may count their Honors theses (HON498 and HON499) as their capstone experience instead of CMJ 483, as long as the topic and the faculty advisor are within the major. Students who elect this option are required to take one additional course (3 credits) other than CMJ 100 from the Major Course Requirements list. The thesis proposal form must be signed by the chair of the Department of Communication and Journalism.

Mathematics and Statistics

An Honors Thesis (HON498 and HON499) on a topic in mathematics and advised by an appropriate faculty member will be accepted as a capstone experience for all students in Mathematics. The thesis proposal form must be signed by the chair of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.

Music (B.A. only)

HON498 and HON499 may replace MUS 498 (Senior Capstone) if the student seeks permission from the BA in Music advisor prior to beginning thesis work; thesis work must be comparable to work done in MUS 498 in order to be approved. The thesis proposal form must be signed by the chair of the Division of Music.

Modern Languages

The Honors Thesis (HON498 and HON499) may be used as a capstone course for the language major as long as the student uses the language in which he or she is majoring. The Honors thesis and/or presentation should be done in the language or the majority of the work should be done in the language. The thesis proposal form must be signed by the chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Classics.

Philosophy

Please contact the department for further details.

Physics and Astronomy

Students (BA or BS) writing an Honors thesis (HON498 and HON499) are exempt from taking PHY481 (Project Laboratory in Physics I) but do have to complete the project assignments in this course as assigned. Thesis proposal form must be signed by the PHY 481/482 instructor. Students must still take PHY 400.

Political Science

Students writing an Honors thesis (HON498 and HON499) on a topic in political science are exempt from taking POS499 (Senior Seminar in Political Science) as the capstone experience. Thesis proposal form must have signature of the chair of the Department of Political Science.

Psychology

An Honors Thesis (HON498 and HON499) on a topic in psychology and advised by an appropriate faculty member will be accepted as a capstone experience for all students in Psychology. The thesis proposal form must be signed by the chair of the Department of Psychology.

Romance Languages

The Honors Thesis (HON498 and HON499) may be used as a capstone course for the language major as long as the student uses the language in which he or she is majoring. The Honors thesis and/or presentation should be done in the language or the majority of the work should be done in the language. The thesis proposal form must be signed by the chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Classics.

Sociology

An Honors Thesis (HON498 and HON499) on a topic in sociology and advised by an appropriate faculty member will be accepted as a capstone experience for all students in Sociology. The thesis proposal form must be signed by the chair of the Department of Sociology.

Spanish

The Honors Thesis (HON498 and HON499) may be used as a capstone course for the language major as long as the student uses the language in which he or she is majoring. The Honors thesis and/or presentation should be done in the language or the majority of the work should be done in the language. The thesis proposal form must be signed by the chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Classics.

Sustainable Agriculture

Students writing an Honors Thesis (HON498 and HON499) with strong sustainable agriculture content are exempt from taking PSE430 for their capstone experience. They are encouraged to work with a professor who has expertise in agriculture, soil science, or plant science as their thesis advisor. The Sustainable Agriculture program coordinator must approve the thesis proposal form.

Theatre

An Honors Thesis (HON498 and HON499) on a topic in theatre and advised by a faculty member in the Division may be substituted for the Theatre capstone (THE415). The thesis proposal form must be signed by the chair of the Division of Theatre/Dance.

Wildlife Ecology

Students writing an Honors thesis (HON498 and HON499) on a topic in wildlife ecology are exempt from taking WLE455 (Wildlife Habitat Evaluation) or WLE 457 (Ecology and Management of Gamebirds) as the Capstone experience. Thesis proposal form must have the signature of the chair of the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology.

 


Departmental Elective Waivers for Thesis Work

The following majors at The University of Maine accept a completed Honors Thesis, in the major or a closely related area and with a faculty member from the department as advisor, to substitute for required departmental or technical electives.  In some cases, there may be additional requirements. Click on your major below for more info!  For further information specific to your major or department, please consult with your advisor or department chair.

Biological Engineering

Students writing an Honors thesis (HON 498 and 499) in Biological Engineering and advised by an approved faculty member may be exempted from either the spring portion of BLE 492 for 3 credits or one technical elective. Check with your engineering advisor before proceeding. Thesis proposal form must have signature of the chair of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering.

Chemical Engineering

Honors 499 counts as one technical elective. The Honors Thesis may count as a second technical elective on a case by case basis. Please check with your engineering advisor before proceeding.

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Students writing an Honors thesis (HON498 and HON499) in civil engineering and advised by an approved faculty member may be exempted from either one Civil Engineering elective or one Technical Elective. Check with your engineering advisor before proceeding. Thesis proposal form must have signature of the chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Construction Management Technology

The Honors Thesis (HON 498 and HON 499) replaces a technical elective, as long as the student’s thesis advisor is a member of the CMT faculty and grants his or her permission.

Elementary Education

Completion of the Honors Curriculum satisfies the requirement for a concentration for students majoring in elementary education. This requires students complete all 25 credits of Honors work through the thesis.

Mechanical Engineering

Students writing an Honors thesis (HON498 and HON499) are exempt from taking one design elective if the thesis is a mechanical engineering design project. The thesis proposal form must be signed by the chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Surveying Engineering Technology

Students completing the Honors Thesis (HON 498 and 499) are exempt from two of the six required program (or “technical”) electives, providing the advisor is a member of the department.