Andrew Adrian in the lab

As a student in the UAH Honors College, you will be expected to complete a scholarly or creative thesis, typically during the senior year. Your Honors Thesis is the capstone experience of the Honors College, thereby bringing together your Honors preparation and your education in a particular discipline or combination of disciplines. Many theses are suitable for publication in journals or conference proceedings. All Honors theses are housed and published electronically through the UAH Salmon Library. Click here to access the Library's electronic copies.

Download Honors Capstone Handbook


To find out more about the Honors thesis and how you can get involved in undergraduate research, make an appointment with David Cook, Undergraduate Research Coordinator.

Honors Thesis Proposal Form


Honors Senior Design Supplement: HON 401

If you plan to use the MAE Engineering Senior Design for your capstone, Honors now offers a new course – HON 401 – to make this process easier and more rewarding. Each 1-hour section of HON 401 pairs with a section of Senior Design.  You take both your senior design course and the HON 401 supplement. In the HON 401 supplement, the instructor and other Honors Students will work to develop Honors Capstone projects. You take the supplement for only one semester, and you earn 4 hours of Honors Credit.


Here’s how it works:

  • Select your senior design course.
  • Check the chart below to see when you will sign up for your Honors Supplement
  • Sign up for the matching HON 401 in the correct semester. Course subtitles and sections numbers for HON 401 should usually match the sections of MAE 490. (For example, MAE 490 03: Rocket Design will go with HON 401 03: Eng. Capstone Rocket Design.)
  • Instructor and students will develop their projects, create timelines for completion, and decide upon deliverables.
  • Regular schedules for contact between instructors and students will be established.
  • Students will still be expected to complete the Honors Capstone paperwork (all electronic now!).
  • Upon completion of the senior design course, the supplement, and successful submission of the project, you will earn 4 hours of Honors Credit (3 hours for MAE 490, plus one hour for HON 401).


Instructor Course Sign up for HON 401
Carmen MAE 490-01 Product Realization (Fall 2018) HON 401-H1 (Fall 2018)
Landrum MAE 490-02 Mission Design (Fall 2018) HON 401-H2 (Spring 2019)
Lineberry MAE 490-03 Rocket Design (Fall 2018) HON 401-H3 (Fall 2018)
Turner MAE 490-04 Aircraft Design (Fall 2018) HON 401-H4 (Spring 2019)
Fikes MAE 490-05 Moonbuggy (Fall 2018) HON 401-H5 (Fall 2018)
Benfield MAE 490-02 Mission Design (Spring 2018) HON 401- H6 (Fall 2018)


Please note:

If you are already completing your Capstone through independent work with a faculty member, you do not need to take the HON 401 supplement, but you will still need to take Senior Design as part of your engineering degree program.