Townsend Honors Thesis Workshop

The workshop supports and guides undergraduate students writing honors theses in the arts and humanities. Workshop sessions explore aspects of the research and writing processes, and provide a forum for students from a variety of fields to give and receive feedback on their individual thesis projects. This is an excellent opportunity for thesis writers to get professional writing advice, thoughtful feedback, and interdisciplinary engagement with their work as it unfolds.

Workshops are led by Townsend Center director Timothy Hampton and graduate student researcher Mary Mussman (Comparative Literature), and include visiting speakers.


The workshop is open to undergraduate students writing honors theses in departments in the Division of Arts and Humanities, who expect to graduate in May 2022 or December 2022.

Arts & Humanities departments are as follows: Ancient Greek & Roman Studies; Art Practice; Comparative Literature; East Asian Languages & Cultures; English; Film & Media; French; German; History of Art; Italian Studies; Music; Near Eastern Studies; Philosophy; Rhetoric; Scandinavian; Slavic Languages & Literatures; South & Southeast Asian Studies; Spanish & Portuguese; Theater, Dance & Performance Studies.

Grant Provision

Participants receive a $300 research stipend and the opportunity to apply for additional funding for major research expenses.

Participants are expected to attend all sessions of the workshop, which are held monthly from December 2021 through April 2022 on selected Tuesdays from 5:30-7:30 pm. The spring semester concludes with a student-organized mini-conference at which participants present their thesis projects. The first workshop meeting is Tuesday, December 7, 2021, from 5:30-7:30 pm.


Townsend Honors Thesis Workshop