Supervising a thesis
(1) Students are usually required to be formally enrolled in a class- PPE 301- for doing their honors theses. The supervisor of the thesis is the instructor. Exceptions to this rule are rare, and must be approved by the Associate Director in advance of starting the work.
(2) PPE leaves the nature of the honors thesis to be jointly determined by the supervisor and student. There are no minimal number of pages - an Economics thesis might be shorter, and a Political Science thesis longer. Generally speaking, the thesis should be a substantial body of intellectual work that may be expected from a student about to graduate with distinction - faculty members in departments at Penn may wish to demand work comparable to that which they expect from their own students. Please see this page for more details about what is expected in a thesis.
(3) After the student has found a supervisor and agreed upon a plan of research, and the kind of work that is expected made clear, the student should inform PPE in writing, and provide the email address of the supervisor.
(4) PPE requires that the honors theses be complete by the last day of exams week of the spring semester of the student's senior year. Usually, the student is enrolled in PPE 301, and a grade is due for this class by noon, 3 days from the last day of exams week. A minimum grade of B is required to be awarded honors.
Honors theses work may not be completed after graduation.