English Honors

English Honors

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English Honors Program Applications (2021/2022) due October 11, 2021 by 5:00pm.
Download application instructions here.

The Honors Program in English provides the opportunity for qualified majors to undertake advanced literary research in a community of their undergraduate peers. This program is especially recommended for students who plan to pursue a graduate degree in literary studies.

English Honors Eligibility

Requirements: Students must have already completed 60 credits (including at least 15 English major credits) and must have already completed ENG 3822: Introduction to Literary Studies* or LIT 3213: Literary Theory*

*Students who have not yet taken ENG 3822 or LIT 3213 can petition to take either concurrently with the Honors Seminar

Recommendations: Students are strongly recommended to have an overall GPA of at least 3.0 and a GPA in English major courses of at least 3.5.

Honors Courses

The English Honors Program entails taking two related courses (3 credits each), taken in the fall and spring and completing an Honors thesis between 20-40 pages.

ENG 4932: Honors Seminar 3 credits; fall
Prerequisites or corequisites: ENG 3822 and LIT 3213
Honors Seminar is required for honors students but open to those interested in more advanced literary study. This course allows students to synthesize the literary knowledge and critical skills gained in the English major. The seminar is more intensive and interactive than the Department's other courses and will be organized in ways that anticipate graduate-level courses. The seminar is offered every fall and topics change yearly.
ENG 4910: Honors Research (RI) 3 credits; spring
Prerequisites: ENG 4932; honors only; department permission required
This Research Intensive (RI) course facilitates completion of the honors thesis—a 20-40 page project that makes an original contribution to the discipline. Honors Research will expose students to the standards and best practices of research-level literary scholarship while also preparing the ground for the students' intended research topics. The course may include library research visits, presentations on different research and analytical methodologies, and peer editing workshops. At the end of spring semester, students will present their theses at an Honors Research course event or the Undergraduate Research Symposium. Honors Research is offered once each spring.

Fulfillment & Honors Designation

On satisfactory completion of the requirements below, at graduation, students will receive the designation "Honors in English" on their transcripts. At their graduation ceremony, honors students and may wear an FAU silver/white/blue double cord in recognition of their academic achievement and honors status.

  1. Fulfillment of all normal field distribution requirements for the English major.
  2. Completion, with a grade of "B" or higher, of Honors Seminar and of Honors Research.
  3. Achievement of an overall GPA of at least 3.0 and a GPA of at least 3.5 in all English courses at the time of graduation.
  4. Completion of a thesis of substance and quality that meets with the approval of the course instructor and/or thesis director.

Students in the Honors Track in English who complete all requirements, but who do not meet the GPA requirements for honors at the time of graduation, will receive credit for all work completed, but will not be certified as having received honors.  Students who engage in academic dishonesty will be dismissed from the Honors program and face additional penalties from the university.

2021-2022 English Honors Program Application

For more information please contact Julia Mason at jmason32@fau.edu.

Maegan Barber

Research Symposium Presentation

This course has helped to shape me as a person and a scholar. I can honestly say, after graduating and reflecting on my last year of college, that I wouldn’t be the writer I am today without this program.. . . more

Meredith Hammer

Although the Honors Program seemed like a daunting set of classes when I first applied, I felt guided through the material not only by the professors who taught the courses but also by the other members of the English Department faculty. . . more

Ellie Vilakazi

Literary journalism welds large, complex world phenomena that are not always readily understandable to people — war, large-scale migration, climate change and others — with the reader through the narrator’s subjective experience . . . more


Tristan Sheridan

I felt connected to and supported by the faculty I worked with as well as my fellow students. I am so grateful to those who went out of their way to help me succeed in actualizing the vision I had for my thesis project, one that was as difficult as it was exciting to approach because of the level of investment I had in doing it justice. . . . more

Morgan Hunn

By displacing the human/non-human boundary from the center to the periphery of a global, cultural conscious, a more, empathic, and responsible relationship between humans and non-humans can grow . . . more

Tully Turk

Bound by our innate predisposition to process the world around us in symbols, we clone our own image onto everything else, and experience the universe on those human terms, in a referential comprehension known as anthropomorphosis . . . more


Students & Projects

2021 2020 2019


Sarah Bagnall | Case Studies in Translation and Translatory Ethics won first prize in their group of presenters
Maegan Barber | The Transformation of Negative into Positive: Black Creativity and the Complicated Space it Creates presented
Talia Magielnicki | Politics and Poetics: A Comparative History of the Social-Political Spectrum of Literary Censorship 
Tristan Sheridan | You Don’t Get a Choice:’ Fallen Hero: Rebirth and Unsettling Expectations of Agency in Interactive Fiction first prize in their group, also now finalizing a version for publication in FAU’s undergraduate research journal
Maiya Xirinachs | Playing with Old Norse: Early Nordic Medievalism and White Supremacy in the Gaming Industry second prize in their group


Ariana T. Anderson | Pacific Island Literature: Understanding the Genre
Erika Blankman | Irish Landscapes of Traumas, Ghosts, and Fate: Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights and J. M. Synge’s The Aran Islands
Maycee Forester | The Process of Death Eating in Literature with Real World Applications
Jessenia Hernandez | Prophet Instead of Priest: The Transition from Oppressive Religious Upbringing to Liberating Spiritual Possibility in Jeanette Winterson’s Oranges are not the Only Fruit
Amanda Peebles | The Dystopia of Women’s Natural Bodies: How Post-Apocalyptic Patriarchy Uses Religion to Control Women and Nature in Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale and Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road
Amanda Serano | The Fairer Sex: False Empowerment and Game of Thrones
Asuka Takahashi | Magic as Strength: Witchcraft in Pop Culture and Women’s Empowerment


Madeline Elizabeth Garcia | Ecological Mutations, Compound Organisms, and Intelligent Life in Jeff Vandermeer's Annihilation
Morgan Hunn | Mythic Unity: Challenging the Violence of the Human/Non-Human Binary through Mythologically-Inspired Literature
Rebecca Nicole Montana | “A Child Weaned on Poison”: Surviving Madness, Motherhood, and Munchausen’s in Gillian Flynn’s Sharp Objects
Shaimaa Quadr | De-Formed Personhood: Traces of the Impersonal in Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Brontë’s Villette
Charlie Richards | “The Beautiful Flower Bed Beyond the City Wall”: Nature, the Garden, and the Botanical Other in E.T.A. Hoffmann
Franco Smigliani | Violence in Watching: Exploring Social Media’s Narrative Perspective, Representation, and Narcissism through Jeffery Eugenides’ The Virgin Suicides
Tully Turk | Man’s Clones: Anthropomorphosis Understood through Pope’s Essay on Man and Ginsberg’s “Howl”
Ellie Vilakazi | Intermediating Politics through Subjectivity in Tlhabi’s Khwezi: The Remarkable Story of Fezekile Ntsukela Kuzwayo
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English Honors Class of 2019