English Honors

English Honors
2022-2023 English Honors Applications due Wednesday, March 16 @ 5pm. Download Application Instructions here.
Information, deadlines, and links for Spring 2022 English Honors students in ENG 4910 (with Professor Thomas).

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 1 credits in the English major) and must have already completed ENG 3822: Introduction to Literary Studies or LIT 3213: Literary Theory / PHI 3882: Philosophy of Literature 2.

1. The selection committee will consider applicants who will have earned 15 credits in the major at the end of the Spring 2022 semester. The committee may consider exceptional students with fewer than 15 credits in the major.
2. Students who have not yet taken ENG 3822 or LIT 3213 / PHI 3882 can petition to take either concurrently with 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 / PHI 3882
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 4932 can be counted as either Category I or II in Fall 2022.)
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.

2022-2023 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

The high level of learning and interaction in these courses not only allowed me to hone my writing style, but also to gain confidence in research, presentations, and analytical discussion. . . more

Ellie Vilakazi

Reporting in conjunction with storytelling — which is extremely important to the understanding of what is being reported — not only leaves the reader better informed but more civically and globally engaged . . . more

Maiya Xirinachs

My time in the Honors Program was one of the best parts of my undergraduate career, and I'm so grateful I had the opportunity to be a part of it! I was able to explore some of my favorite topics and hobbies, Medieval Literature and video games . . . 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
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


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
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
english honors 2019
English Honors Class of 2019