W&L Honors Theses

Approximately 40 current Washington and Lee University seniors have been identified by the University Registrar as scheduled to graduate with honors status.
A major component of each of these students’ work is the completed honors thesis, described in the 2008-2009 University Catalog as “involving six credits (no more, no less) of independent work, such as a significant report based upon field or laboratory research, a creative accomplishment in the arts, or a comparable scholarly undertaking, demonstrating more than simply a mastery of subject matter.”
The Catalog continues, “A permanent copy of the thesis must be deposited in the Leyburn Library.”
These honors theses are catalogued in Annie, the W&L library catalog, and housed in the Archives section of our Special Collections. You can use Annie to view this chronologically-arranged list of past W&L theses.
Seniors submitting honors theses should deliver them to Laura Turner in Leyburn Library’s Technical Services area on Lower Level 1. Another option is to leave it at the Information Desk on the Main Floor, with a note that it should be given to Laura Turner.
If possible, the thesis should be submitted without any binding or stapling on it. The library’s commercial bindery removes any binding that has been done to it, so loose sheets are preferable.

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