The capstone experience of the Honors College curriculum is the thesis, conducted across two consecutive semesters. This unique opportunity allows students to conduct scholarly research or a creative project under the direct guidance of faculty mentors.
A thesis project is required of every student who graduates from the University Honors College. The purpose of the thesis or project is to prepare the student for graduate or professional school, to provide an opportunity for the student to complete a scholarly or creative project of significant proportions, and to gain a new perspective on knowledge by becoming a contributor to the recognized knowledge in a particular field of study. This experience provides invaluable preparation and a competitive edge to students applying to graduate or professional schools.
Honors College Thesis Archives Collection is now preserved online through Walker Library’s institutional repository called JEWLScholar and are indexed in the library’s catalog. The thesis archives prior to 2015, are printed copies maintained in Special Collections (4th floor) of the James E. Walker Library and are also indexed in the library catalog.
Use the search box or "browse by" filters on the right side of this page to navigate the Honors Thesis Collection.
(University Honors College, Middle Tennessee State University, 216-12)
This thesis is an oral history of ROTC graduates from MTSU who where commissioned
and served during the Vietnam War. The researched stories of these Veterans will be
used to further the development of ROTC Cadets in leadership and professionalism.
Specifically, this thesis investigates the command positions held by commissioned
officers to correlate their direct relationship of service in the Vietnam War and the
lessons taught during their time in ROTC. This University will have the unique privilege
of seeing the role it has played in the history of an American war and understand the
sacrifices its alumni have made. The stories shared present an opportunity to hear the
untold experiences of war and how ROTC has shaped their values and beliefs. It is
important to know the life experiences of officers during that time, but it is just as
significant to understand the struggles they currently face as a veteran. This thesis delves
into the history and current condition of MTSU veterans in relation to the Vietnam War.
(University Honors College, Middle Tennessee State University, 2003-05)
This science play, Invisible Communication, entails scenes of events inspired by the life
of molecular biologist Dr. Lydia Villa-Komaroff, who today is an established biology
researcher, entrepreneur, and diversity advocate. Taking place during 1965 to 1978, the
play follows Lydia through her undergraduate career up until her post-doctorate
fellowship where she experiences challenges as one of the few women in her field. From
co-founding a minority-based organization to working with poliovirus research, Lydia
has her high points, but will also deal with low points while working with recombinant
DNA technology. Through this project, Lydia’s story is intended to mirror those of other
women who continued the legacy for women in science, following the trailblazers who
opened the doors for us.