eligibility and requirements

honors program eligibility & requirements


For a select number of students, the department confers the degree of Bachelor of Arts with Departmental Honors in Theater & Performance Studies. To be considered eligible for the honors program, students must:

  • Submit an application involving a written submission (including transcript) establishing the student's work to date in the department and outlining the area of research that the student wishes to pursue.

  • Have at least an overall university GPA of 3.3 and a 3.5 GPA in courses counting towards the major.

  • Have completed at least half of the courses in their specialization by the end of their junior year.
HONORS requirements

Students in the Honors Program must meet the following requirements in addition to the other requirements of the TAPS major:

  1. Complete 4 units in the honors colloquia (TAPS 202), beginning Spring Quarter of junior year and continuing the following three regular quarters. Each quarter's colloquium is offered for 1 unit, S/NC. In extenuating circumstances (overseas study, for example), an honors program student may substitute other equivalent work for one quarter of the colloquium, with the approval of the honors adviser.
  2. By the end of the sixth week of the quarter in which they plan to graduate, students in the honors program must submit an honors thesis (described below), to be read and evaluated by their thesis committee.
  3. On the basis of a student's work in the TAPS core, in the area of specialization, on the senior project, in the honors colloquia, and on the honors thesis, three faculty readers determine and confer honors on graduating students who have successfully completed the honors program.


Entry into the Honors program does not guarantee an Honors degree. The final decision to confer an Honors degree will be made by the student's thesis committee, upon evaluating the quality of the Senior Project and the thesis.


The honors colloquia  aim to engage honors program students in important issues in the field focusing on the students' areas of specialization and research. The honors program adviser convenes the colloquia three times per quarter and sets the agenda for meetings and discussion. Students discuss their work in the department and present and discuss their research for their honors thesis. Each quarter's colloquium is offered for 1 unit, S/NC, and is listed as TAPS 202.


The honors thesis typically consists of a long essay (40-60 pages) presenting the student's research on an important issue or subject, determined by the student. The honors program adviser, the senior project adviser, and another faculty member constitute the student's honors thesis committee. They read and evaluate the thesis, and make recommendations to the faculty at large regarding its strengths and weaknesses. Additionally, students have the option of using their own senior project as a case study. In these situations, the honors thesis will critically analyze the strengths and weaknesses of the creative work. Generally, these essays tend to be shorter (about 20-25 pages) because the creative work constitutes one-half of the honors project.