Exceptions to this rule are: courses taken through cross‐registration, Tufts domestic exchange programs, and Tufts programs abroad.
(See also: Thesis Honors Program.) Advanced placement scores are not interpreted as grades.
Students whose record includes a serious disciplinary infraction will not normally be eligible for summa cum laude honors.
Exceptions to this policy can be made only after disclosure by the Dean of Student Affairs of the details of the infraction and subsequent vote by the faculty.
December 12, 2019: Advisors must submit the "Recommendation for Senior Thesis Honors" form for February degree candidates by the end of the first day of fall exams.
(This form is only available to Tufts faculty and staff and can be found in the Faculty Forms section on SIS.) April 30, 2020: Defenses for May degree candidates must be completed by the last day of the spring semester reading period.
The senior honors thesis takes the form of an extensive research-based project culminating in a scholarly monograph (or an artistic or technical product).
The honors thesis: Typically, the honors thesis takes the form of independent research within your major (or in one of your majors) and results in a scholarly monograph that incorporates extensive research, critical analysis, and a sustained argument centered on a defined research question or hypothesis.
Some majors will encourage or permit less traditional theses that result in the creation of a short documentary film, translated book, collection of poems, novella, play, artistic exhibit, musical composition, or application of technology.
However, even less traditional theses require substantial scholarly research and writing.