Research and creative works


Undergradute Student Working On A Laptop

English faculty at Notre Dame strongly encourage our majors to take advantage of available undergraduate research opportunities. Some of the options include:

  • Participation in the English Honors Program, which has both Critical and Creative tracks and involves the research and writing of a year-long senior honors thesis. Majors apply to this program in their junior year.
  • Working one-on-one with an English faculty member on a particular research project, whether as an assistant on the faculty member’s research, or under faculty supervision on one’s own research topic.

Senior thesis

Honors Thesis writers typically describe this program as the best academic experience they have had in their time at Notre Dame. By the end of Fall of their junior year, students are invited to apply for the Honors Thesis Program after being identified in one of two ways:

  • 3.78 or above GPA in three or more English classes. At least two of the classes must be at the 30xxx level or above.
  • Faculty Nomination with a minimum GPA of 3.6

Honors Thesis Program Requirements.

Getting started

  • Begin planning your thesis during your junior year. Think about your area of interest and start developing a research question.
  • Students who will be abroad are encouraged to begin planning their thesis before they depart.

Contact Director of Undergraduate Studies Laura Betz to learn more about getting started on a Senior Thesis. 

Research support

In order to facilitate undergraduate research, students are encouraged to apply for funding from the following units (and others).