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Committee on Honors Records

Identifier: LU-RG01-003
This collection consists of the records of the Lawrence University Committee on Honors, one of the standing committees of the faculty, established in 1941. The bulk of the collection documents decisions made by the committee on the awarding of honors for departmental honors projects completed by senior students from 1941 to the present. Records include statements of intent to complete an honors project submitted by students, as well as detailed oral examination evaluation reports. Also included are committee meeting minutes and memoranda.


  • 1941-2010


Conditions Governing Access

Content from the "General materials" folders is restricted for 75 years beyond the date of creation. Other materials are open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Lawrence University does not hold the copyright for all materials in this collection. Uses beyond those allowed for fair use under U. S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) require the researcher to secure permission from the copyright holder.


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Biographical or Historical Information

The Lawrence University Committee on Honors was established by a faculty vote in April of 1941. This vote further specified that in order to qualify for honors at graduation, students had to enroll in a six-credit honors course to be completed during their senior year. The Committee on Honors would evaluate the work of each student at the end of the course, and any student receiving at least a B grade would be eligible for honors. The level of honors would be determined by the student’s cumulative grade point average. After several years, all evaluations of honor projects involved a three-hour oral examination conducted by the Committee in addition to the completion of a thesis paper. In April of 1961, the faculty voted to separate honors recognition at graduation into two categories: honors achieved in general scholarship, based on cumulative grade point averages; and honors achieved through the completion of thesis projects. At present, this system for honors recognition remains in place. The Committee on Honors has included anywhere from four to ten faculty members each year, charged with the primary task of “[recommending] to the Faculty, students for honors in course or independent study, criteria for honors, and procedures that students must follow for honors in independent study” (Faculty Handbook, 2010). Individual members serve as representatives of the committee at the oral examination of each honors candidate.

Arrangement Note

While the first few folders are arranged by subject, the bulk of the materials are arranged chronologically by academic year.

Method of Acquisition

Materials appear to have been donated annually by the chair of the committee.

Related Materials

Paper copies of all projects awarded honors by the Committee on Honors are available for research in the Lawrence University Archives. Digital copies of projects awarded honors from 2012 onward are accessible from Lux, the Lawrence University institutional repository.

Processing Information

Preliminary processing completed prior to 2005. Processed by Erin Dix, 2011.
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Repository Details

Part of the Lawrence University Archives Repository

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