Senior Honors Program

Senior Honors Thesis Program

BLST 195A-B-C 

The Senior Honors Thesis Program in Black Studies is an intensive three-quarter course that is offered specifically to Black Studies majors in Senior standing and have excelled in their courses at UCSB. Each student admitted into the program must have and maintain a 3.3 university grade-point average in addition to a 3.5 departmental grade-point average. Students who successfully complete the Senior Honors Thesis Program will earn Distinction in the Major, which will be reflected on the formal degree awarded by the University.

Students participating in this program will be exposed to a different faculty instructor each quarter of the three-quarter series. Students will work during the Fall quarter to identify a research topic and research question, methods and methodology, a literature search and review, and argumentation. During Winter quarter, students will focus on data collection and initial analysis. During the Spring quarter, students will focus on continuing analysis, completing their Senior Thesis and preparing to present an academic paper at the departmental Spring Colloquium.

Distinction in the Major

Senior Honors students must earn a final grade of at least a 'B' in BLST 195ABC to earn Distinction in the Major.


If you are interested in joining the Senior Honors Thesis Program and meet the eligibility requirements, please contact the Undergraduate Advisor, Theresa Harkness: