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Honors

Qualified students may be admitted to a program of advanced study in the beginning or middle of their junior year (or at the beginning of their senior year following participation in a junior year study-abroad program), leading to the degree of Bachelor of Arts with Honors in their Romance language of study.

Information applicable to all RLL honors majors can be found below. Information specific to each language can be found in the menu to the left.

Requirements for admission to any RLL honors major

  • Students meet the pre-acceptance requirements for the language(s) of study (found on the language specific information page)
  • A grade point average of at least 3.5 in all courses, as well as in all courses taken for the major (French, Italian, RLL, and Spanish) is required for admission and for graduation with Honors.
  • Students must contact the current honors advisor for their language(s) of study toward the end of their junior year
  • Students must select a faculty advisor whose research interests are closely aligned with theirs to supervise their honors thesis
  • Students must complete the honors major application form (which includes the honors thesis proposal) for their language(s) of study (applications are found on the language-specific information page)

French Honors Requirements

Italian Honors Requirements

Romance Languages Honors Requirements

Spanish Honors Requirements

For questions, write to linbur@umich.edu or call 734-647-2230

Expectations

General

Students are expected to present evidence of superior language skills and a serious interest in research involving the language(s) and culture(s) of study.

Students will complete the normal major requirements along with their honors concentration work.

Thesis

  • Students must produce a thesis in the language of study incorporating the results of individual research, demonstrating a substantial piece of work
  • Students should understand clearly the expectations of their faculty advisor--including number of drafts, due dates for drafts and final versions, and frequency of meetings--before starting their thesis project
  • In addition to their own research, students will be assigned readings relating to their topic of research by their faculty advisor
  • Students enroll in Senior Honors Courses 491 (fall term) and 492 (winter term) in FRENCH, ITALIAN, ROMLANG, or SPANISH 
  • Upon completion of their thesis, students will have a one-hour discussion of their thesis and their assigned readings with their faculty advisor and an additional faculty member 

When to Apply

The recommended deadline for applications (which includes the thesis proposal) is the second Monday in April of the year prior to the start of a student's senior year.  However, late applications will be considered.

Applications are to be submitted to:

Dept Romance Languages and Literatures
Attn: Linda Burger
4108 Modern Languages Bldg
812 East Washington Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1275

Honors Advisors 2017-2018

French - Prof. Michèle Hannoosh

Italian - Prof. Karla Mallette (Fall 2017), Prof. Alison Cornish (Winter 2018)

Romance Languages & Literatures - Prof. Gavin Arnall

Spanish - Prof. Javier Sanjinés

NOTE: Students should contact rll.undergrad@umich.edu before contacting the Honors Advisor.

Finding a Faculty Advisor

Students are encouraged to select a faculty member whose research interests most closely matches their own to become their faculty advisor. Many students ask faculty that they have studied with previously. However, students should contact the honors advisor in their language of study, if they cannot find a suitable faculty member.

Faculty profiles, including faculty areas of research can be found in the faculty directory.

Conducting Research

Questions regarding research techniques and assistance should be directed to a student's faculty advisor.

Students are expected to conduct their research during the fall term of their senior year.

Library Research Guides

Language-specific research guides and contact information for RLL librarian liaisons can be found here.

Honors Thesis Examples

Below are examples of the title page, table of contents, and bibliography expected for the honors thesis. Examples provided courtesy of Erin O'Keefe '10.)

sample title page

sample table of contents

sample bibliography