Honors in the Major

Many undergraduate students majoring in a program housed under Modern Languages and Linguistics choose to pursue Honors in the Major. If you’re interested in pursuing a research thesis or creative project in your major, please see the information below.

“Students earn Honors in the Major by completing a research thesis or creative project in your major area of study under the guidance of a faculty committee. You will work with this committee to select a topic, develop a prospectus, complete a written document based on your research or creative project, and defend your thesis orally before your committee. […] FSU developed the Honors in the Major Program to encourage students to explore their major disciplines in greater depth by completing a research or creative project, and the program is open to all qualified FSU students (see admission requirements here). While many students conduct traditional research­, the program also supports the creative endeavors of students in majors such as Creative Writing, Dance, Film, Music, Studio Art, and Theatre. We encourage you to explore our website to learn more about admission to the program, program requirements, funding opportunities, and the recent activities of our current students.”

For more information about the Honors in the Major Program, including timelines, application procedures, and deadlines, see the Honors in the Major website.

If you have any questions about the program, please first consult the Honors in the Major Handbook.

Following is a list of current and recently completed honors thesis titles, showcasing the breadth and depth of research and creative work by undergraduates in Modern Languages and Linguistics. Congratulations to all of our Honors students!

French

Chanelle Dupuis. Major(s): French and Spanish. “The Smell of Misery in Emile Zola and Gabrielle Roy.” Directed by Aimée Boutin, Professor of French.

Noah Gomez. Major(s): French and Humanities. “An Existentialist Short Story.” Directed by Aimée Boutin, Professor of French.

Maria Villalobos. Major(s): French. “Eugénie Niboyet and Simone de Beauvoir.” Directed by Aimée Boutin, Professor of French.

German

Brendan Gerdts. Major(s): German. "The Reported Rise of a New Opposition: An Analysis of American and German Media Responses to the AFD." Directed by Birgit Maier-Katkin, Associate Professor of German.

Italian

Alexandra Basili. Major(s): Biological Science and Italian. “Searching for Sustainability: a Comparison of Environmental Policies and Practices between Italy and the United States.” Directed by Silvia Valisa, Associate Professor of Italian Studies.

Jessica Beasley. Major(s): Creative Writing and Italian. “International Closeness: For a Translation of the Novel in Verses La sorella dell’Ave, by Italian poet Ludovica Ripa di Meana.” Directed by Silvia Valisa, Associate Professor of Italian Studies.

Zoe D’Alessandro. Major(s): Editing, Writing & Media and Italian. “Wiki-donna: A Contribution to a More Gender-Balanced History of Italian Literature Online.” Directed by Silvia Valisa, Associate Professor of Italian Studies.

Dylan Osbrey. Major(s): Economics and Italian. “Drawing Comparisons Between Petrarch and Myself: A Creative Endeavor.” Directed by Irene Zanini-Cordi, Associate Professor of Italian Studies.

Japanese

Erin Wadhams. Major(s): Japanese Language/Culture. “The Essentials of Mukashibanashi: A Study of Motifs and Morals in Japanese Folk Tales.” Directed by Laura Lee, Associate Professor of Japanese Language and Culture.

Middle Eastern Studies

Courtney Reed. Major(s): International Affairs and Middle Eastern Studies. "A Mixed Methodological Approach to the Role of Rule of Law and Civil Society in Democracy Promotion.” Directed by Dr. Zafer Lababidi, Teaching Faculty II in Arabic.

Slavic

LaRae Harris. Major(s): Finance and Russian. “The Future of Foreign Direct Investment in Russia.” Directed by Lisa Ryoko Wakamiya, Associate Professor of Slavic.

Spanish

Alexis Kidd. Major(s): Biological Science and Spanish. “The Bilingual Brain: Investigating the Impact of Code-Switching.” Directed by Gretchen Sunderman, Professor of Spanish Linguistics.

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