There are three options for students in the College of Arts and Sciences (ASC) interested in pursuing graduation with research distinction or with distinction:
- Graduation with research distinction in [the major field] recognizes those students who demonstrate excellence in the study of a discipline both through major course work and by completing an independent research project culminating in a thesis.
- Students majoring in mathematics may choose the graduate-level course work option to graduate with distinction in Mathematics.
- Graduation with research distinction recognizes those students who complete and successfully defend a thesis in a discipline other than the major.
For information about the honors thesis option for students in the Arts and Sciences Honors Program, please see the website for the Honors Research Thesis.
To graduate with research distinction, you must satisfy the following requirements:
- Identify an Ohio State faculty member to serve as your project advisor. The project advisor will provide guidance to you throughout the research process.
- Submit the Thesis Application at least one term before your graduating term.
- Apply to graduate, early in your final term, with Ed Quinn.
- Complete a minimum of 60 graded hours at Ohio State.
- Complete a minimum of 4 semester hours (a maximum of 10 hours) of 4999 research credit in the relevant discipline.
- Successfully defend the thesis during an oral examination, typically in the final term.
- Meet any department-specific requirements, which may include a minimum grade point average within the field of distinction.
- Graduate with a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average.
- A table of minimum requirements can also be found on the Undergraduate Research Office web site.
Application for Graduation with Research Distinction
If you are planning to graduate with research distinction, you should contact Ed Quinn in Arts and Sciences Advising to submit the Thesis Application (upon enrolling in 4999 research credit and no later than one semester before your graduating term). Questions about the application should be directed to Ed Quinn.
Examples of Theses
Abstracts and copies of past honors theses completed for graduation with research distinction are available for examination online through the Ohio State Libraries' Knowledge Bank and in the Mortar Board Room (room 202) of the Thompson Library. They are valuable not only as examples of research undertaken in various disciplines but also as sources of information.