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Students interested in internationalizing their UHC program are encouraged to do so by participating in the ID program. Upon successfully completing both programs, you will receive an Honors Baccalaureate degree from the UHC and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from the ID Program. The UHC and ID Program both require a mentored thesis. A single thesis is acceptable, provided it meets all the requirements of both programs. Here are some guidelines to help you meet the combined thesis requirement. Please review UHC and ID thesis guidelines and meet with both UHC and ID staff to discuss your specific thesis project.
The UHC and ID Programs have one-credit thesis classes to guide you through the thesis experience. You are required to enroll in one of these classes (but not both). Additional information on how you may prepare for the combined UHC/ID thesis will be provided in both the UHC and ID thesis classes. If in doubt, check with either UHC or ID prior to registration.
The UHC requires that you establish a committee of three faculty members to serve as a thesis committee. Two of these faculty must be at a rank of Senior Instructor or higher, and one must serve as your thesis advisor (mentor). The third may be anyone acceptable to the advisor, including experts not affiliated with OSU. The ID Program does not require a thesis committee. Instead, you must select one faculty member (tenure-track or fixed-term teaching faculty approved by your department) to serve as your advisor. The advisor for the ID is likely to be your mentor for the UHC thesis committee. It is your responsibility to identify members of your committee, to make them aware that you are working towards both UHC and ID degrees, and to work closely with them in conducting your research and in preparing your thesis.
Both the ID and the UHC require that a signed thesis proposal be kept on file. You must obtain an original signature on your proposal and you may file a photocopy of with the other program. The proposal must meet the stipulations outlined by both the UHC and the ID program if it is to be used for both purposes.
Summary of UHC thesis requirements (please see UHC staff for more details):
- Conduct original analysis or research, or original and creative work, under the direction of your committee of three faculty. Topics are generally related to your major; however, flexibility is permitted for interdisciplinary projects at the discretion of your committee.
- Prepare a thesis following the guidelines of your discipline. For interdisciplinary projects, a standard format (e.g. MLA or APA) is recommended
- Complete a final oral examination with the thesis committee and participate in the UHC Thesis Fair.
- Submit a thesis signature page signed by your committee, your Department Chair, and the Dean of the UHC.
- Summary of ID program thesis requirements (please see ID program staff for more details):
- Conduct original analysis or research, or original and creative work, in an area related to your major including an analysis of the international ramifications of your major or chosen topic.
- There should be a comparative and cross-cultural element to your research.
- Maintain a project log, in fulfillment of the Writing Intensive Course (WIC) requirement.
- Prepare a thesis in fulfillment of the WIC requirement.
- Complete a final oral presentation of your thesis.
- Submit a thesis signature page signed by your advisor, your Department Chair, and the Director of the ID program.
For more information, please contact:
University Honors College
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Students interested in internationalizing their BRR program are encouraged to do so by participating in the ID program. Upon successfully completing both programs, you will receive a degree in your area of specialization within the BRR Program and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from the ID Program. The BRR and ID Programs both require a mentored thesis. Each thesis will be unique and will be dealt with individually. Students should arrange for a joint meeting of BRR and ID staff and their thesis advisors.
The joint BRR/ID thesis may fall into one of the following general categories:
- Comparative: Experiments, analysis, and writing in fulfillment of BRR thesis requirements are conducted at OSU. The student meets ID requirement by doing a comparative analysis of the state of similar science, and its impacts, in an international context. The two components can be treated as chapters of a thesis, or they can be prepared as separate documents (two theses). In either event, the two chapters, or theses, must meet respective BRR and ID specifications.
- Integrated: Research meeting BRR guidelines is conducted with a significant and integral international component. The experimental components of the thesis research are conducted at OSU and in an international environment or environments. The research objectives, the methodology, and the research findings have international dimensions. A single thesis will be prepared that meets BRR and ID requirements. In the event that the "technical paper" format required by the BRR does not meet the WIC requirements of the ID, the Introduction and Conclusion sections of the thesis could be expanded.
- Separate: The student does two thesis projects: one meeting BRR requirements and one meeting ID requirements.
Please see BRR staff for more details on Program Requirements
Summary of ID program thesis requirements (please see ID program staff for more details):
- Conduct original analysis or research, or original and creative work, in an area related to your major including an analysis of the international ramifications of your major or chosen topic
- Maintain a project log, in fulfillment of the Writing Intensive Course (WIC) requirement
- Prepare a thesis of at least 2,000 words (or a minimum of 8 - 10 pages), in fulfillment of the WIC requirement
- Complete a final oral presentation of your thesis
- Complete a thesis signature page signed by your advisor, chair of your department, and the Director of the ID program
For more information, please contact:
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