Some majors will encourage or permit less traditional theses that result in the creation of a short documentary film, translated book, collection of poems, novella, play, artistic exhibit, musical composition, or application of technology.
December 12, 2019: Advisors must submit the "Recommendation for Senior Thesis Honors" form for February degree candidates by the end of the first day of fall exams.
(This form is only available to Tufts faculty and staff and can be found in the Faculty Forms section on SIS.) April 30, 2020: Defenses for May degree candidates must be completed by the last day of the spring semester reading period.
*Update for Sociology Majors Graduating in 2020 and Beyond For Sociology majors graduating in 2020 and beyond, the requirements for eligibility for summa honors will include the following, in addition to the above university summa requirements.
Students must take at least five (5) Sociology courses numbered 100 or above.
Students must further satisfy any requirements stated by their major department or program for highest distinction, which will be confirmed by a vote of that faculty.
Finally, summa cum laude is awarded only by special vote of the entire faculty, recognizing extraordinary achievement in the breadth, as well as the depth, of the student’s intellectual development.
For determination of eligibility for Latin Honors, a student's cumulative grade point average (GPA) will mean the cumulative average of all grades earned at Tufts.
Grades in courses taken at institutions other than Tufts shall not be used to calculate GPA, nor shall they be used to satisfy Latin Honors requirements for the number of As earned in a major.
May 1, 2020: Advisors must submit the "Recommendation for Senior Thesis Honors" form for May degree candidates by the end of the first day of spring exams.
(This form is only available to Tufts faculty and staff and can be found in the Faculty Forms section on SIS.) May 15, 2020: Archive your completed manuscript in Tufts Digital Collections and Archives (via the MIRA website) any time after your thesis defense and before your graduation date.