Students can earn Departmental Honors by writing a Senior Thesis. The English Department offers students an independent thesis option in all four of its subfields: literary studies, linguistics, rhetoric and composition, and creative writing. Students with an interest in research and research-based writing and who have completed EN 396 with a minimum grade of a B can apply to enroll in EN 499. Students who complete EN 499 with a grade of an A or A- and who meet GPA standards will be awarded departmental honors for their research-based thesis. Students who wish to write a creative thesis and be eligible through this path for departmental honors should apply to enroll in EN 398 and EN 498, respectively.