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Honors Thesis

Discoveries begin the day you enter the Honors College.

All Oakland University Honors College students will develop an independent thesis projects, one which has the potential to be inspiring, creative, innovative and unique. 

Senior Thesis
Research Projects
Photo-documentary of Syrian refugees
Salwan Georges
Georges’ project began as an  Honors College  thesis to document the life and struggles of Iraqi-Americans in Dearborn. He shot more than 1,000 images over a six-month time period to illustrate their stories. Several photos were selected to be part of the  March 5 Washington Post article “Starting over in Dearborn, Michigan: The Arab capital of North America. Since the article ran, the newspaper has asked him to serve as its Detroit area freelance photographer. Learn more about Salwan's thesis project  here.

Translating a Japanese Video Game
Juliana Stewart
My thesis project will be a full translation of a Japanese video game, Rejet’s Dot Kareshi, from its original Japanese into English. The title is the first in a series of three, each game about four hours long. The project seeks to not provide a merely a summary, but an actual translation of the script that captures the same tone as the original work, and is easily accessible to English speakers. Furthermore, the project is aiming to be the quality of professionally made video game localizations. It will not only provide the student with a new experience and an opportunity to build vocabulary, but this project will also do a great service to the gaming community at large by granting English speakers access to enjoyment of a title that they’d otherwise be unable to play in their own language.

Children of Deaf Adults
Leah Greer
With my thesis project, I would like to explore the language acquisition in hearing children with deaf parents, also known as CODAs (Children of Deaf Adults). I hope to answer the question of whether or not there is a difference in American Sign Language (ASL) and English acquisition in children and if there is, what is the reason that it occurs. Also, I hope to find out if any problems arise if a child is learning an oral and a sign language at the same time. I will identify the different methods used to acquire oral language for CODAs and if a delay in learning English affects any aspect of their use of the language. Hopefully this project results in finding the methods and results of language acquisition in hearing children whose parents are deaf. This project could benefit deaf parents with hearing children who would like to learn more about their child’s language acquisition or anyone interested in American Sign Language and English acquisition in children.

Chinese foreign policy
Evan Jones
Those who study Chinese realize that its contemporary politics are informed by the tension between Confucian civilizational model and the Western conceptions of statehood. These two realities have yielded the formation of conflicting expectations for Chinese foreign policy makers. The literature commonly defines these expectations as “roles.” On one hand, Beijing is territorially-minded and has behaved according the rational actor model in certain instances. On the other hand, it also attempts to project policies that are predicated on Confucian concepts of harmony and morality. This project refines the role theory approach by looking at how bureaucracies navigate roles and, therefore, proposes a mechanism to explain the impact of role conceptions on foreign policy. It also presents an innovative explanation of Chinese foreign policy. The paper will benefit both scholars and policy-makers who seek to better understand the underpinnings of China’s foreign policy.

The Great Depression and the Economic Recession
Katrina Stencel
My thesis project will explore the Great Depression and the Economic Recession of 2008. Furthermore, it will explore how regulation, both legal and financial, affected each economic crises. I will research if there is a direct correlation between regulations in both time periods. Lastly, I will research legal cases that affected regulation in both crises. New knowledge I am aiming to find out in my project is which regulations had a negative effect on the economy so that we can avoid using those types of regulations in the future. The likely results of my research will show that regulation or the lack thereof, played a role in causing each recession. People that will benefit from this thesis are economists, business people, politicians, policy makers, employers, students, and lawyers.
Thesis Info

Thesis projects can focus on:
Literature, Engineering, Anthropology, Creative Writing, Nursing, Computer Science, Foreign Languages (including French, Spanish and Japanese), Business Studies, Bio-medicine, Anthropology and Sociology, Biology, Chemistry, Education, Health Sciences, Music and Theater, Writing and Rhetoric, History, Sports Science, Math, International Relations, Philosophy, Marketing, Communication, Art History, Graphic Art and Games Design, Mechanical Engineering, Bio-tech, Dance, Political Science.

For more information on the Thesis:

  • Visit our Curriculum page for general requirements 
  • Find all Thesis forms on the Current Students page
  • View archived Honors College Theses on the Kresge Library site. Search by author, title, subject or "all".
Thesis Deadlines:
For students graduating in Fall:
  • September 15th- Final Thesis submitted to Mentor for revisions
  • October 15th - Final Revised Thesis (including checklist) submitted to the Honors College
For Students Graduating in Spring:
  • January 15th- Final Thesis submitted to Mentor for revisions
  • February 15th - Final Revised Thesis (including checklist) submitted to the Honors College

For Students Graduating in Summer I:

  • February 15th- Final Thesis submitted to Mentor for revisions
  • March 15th - Final Revised Thesis (including checklist) submitted to the Honors College
For students graduating in Summer II:
  • May 15th - Final Thesis submitted to Mentor for revisions
  • June 15th - Final Revised Thesis (including checklist) submitted to the Honors College