Department honors

Departmental Honors Projects

This is an independent research program for students who have a strong academic record for four previous semesters of college study. Overall GPA of 3.5 and departmental approval are required for enrollment. Students in Messiah University’s Honors Program can complete their required Honor’s Projects through departmental honors.

Acceptable Papers

  • The following types of papers are acceptable for Departmental Honors projects.
  • Research Projects (Quantitative or Qualitative studies)
  • Theoretical Projects (Integrative or Historical/Library based studies)
  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
  • Program Evaluation and Assessment
  • Program Design & Implementation
  • Community Based Research

Department Major Honors Project Guidelines

An overview of the time table is below. This example is based on May graduation. There are equivalent dates for December graduation in the full Honors Project Guidelines.




1st Semester Jr. Year

Letter of Intent

November 15

2nd Semester Jr. Year

Choose Committee; Submit Proposal

April 1

1st Semester Sr. Year

1st Draft of Paper / Final Draft of Literature Review and Method Section

October 1/ October 31

2nd Semester Sr. Year

Final Draft / Revisions from Committee & Presentation

April 1 / Early May

Full Major Honors Guidelines (PDF file)

Sample Abstracts

(Complete projects are available for review in Boyer 351).