In order to participate in Revocation and be certified for graduating with honors from the South Carolina Honors College, students are required to submit a final copy of the revised thesis project/paper (post-defense) to the Honors College. There are several guidelines to follow when submitting your thesis.
The following is the standard format for an honors thesis or project paper. While not every thesis paper will include the same sections and items, the following can be used as a general guideline.
- Title Page (REQUIRED: view the forms page for an example)
- Table of Contents (REQUIRED)
- Thesis Summary (REQUIRED): appearing after the Table of Contents written in less formal and less technical terminology than the Abstract or Introduction. Must be included in the Table of Contents
- Main Body
- Endnotes, Works Cited or References (required if sources are quoted.)
- Tables, Graphs, Photos, Maps, etc. (if appropriate)
- Bibliography (required if no Endnotes, Works Cited or References section is included)
- Appendix(ces) (if appropriate)
All pages must be numbered consecutively.
Final Copies of Theses
You will submit your final copy of your thesis to the Honors College electronically. The final copy of your thesis should have the following sections regardless of discipline or project type. Copies that fail to contain these elements will not be accepted.
- Thesis Title Page (Signed by your thesis director and second reader)
- Thesis Summary or Abstract
- Table of Contents
Students have the option of publishing their thesis in Scholar Commons. Scholar Commons is the University institutional repository that was established through Thomas Cooper Library and provides digital open access of information.
On occasion, there is a need for delayed release, commonly referred to as an embargo. An embargo may be appropriate for some types of creative work, intellectual property with commercial implications, politically sensitive materials, and limited other types of work. Student can choose
- Release the work immediately for worldwide access on the Internet via Scholar Commons.
- Secure the work for two years, and then release the work for worldwide access on the Internet.
- I do not want my senior thesis made available via Scholar Commons.
Students can opt to have a bound copy of their senior thesis. The thesis must follow the formatting requirements listed below:
Margins: Margins are to be one inch at the top, bottom and right and one and one-half inches on the left (on all pages) to permit binding. Margins less than one and one-half inch on the left result in the deletion of much of the text, graphs, photographs, tables, etc. along the left margin. Final copies submitted without these margins will not be accepted.
Paper Type: The final thesis paper, including the title page, must be printed on standard, white (ivory and light beige are also acceptable) 25 percent OR HIGHER cotton bond paper, single sided. This type of paper is easily found at copy shops and office supply stores. It is a heavier weight paper with a watermark that will resist deterioration.
Ink Type: The final thesis paper must be printed in black ink with the exception of photographs, maps, charts, graphs, figures, tables and similar items, which may be printed in colored inks.
The cost to bind is $30 per copy, made payable with a check (made out to the USC Educational Foundation). You must submit all copies you wish to have bound on 25 percent or higher cotton bond paper in the format listed above. It is customary for a student to present his or her thesis/project director with a bound copy of the thesis. Such thoughtfulness is seen as a professional courtesy. When the copies are returned from the binder, they will mailed to the forwarding address that you include on the binding form.