Craig Honors Thesis

2017-18 Honors Students2018 CSB Graduates Who Completed an Honors Thesis
(see links to abstracts and presentation slides for these students' honors theses at the bottom of this webpage)

After consultation with multiple stakeholders, the Craig School of Business has suspended its Honors Program effective with the Fall 2018 semester. Participation in this program has been insufficient to justify its cost.

However, the school will still provide an opportunity for qualified students who would like to conduct undergraduate research to complete an honors thesis.

Subject to approval to participate, selected students would enroll in two-unit independent studies over two consecutive semesters. Completion of an introductory chapter identifying the research question(s) and a chapter for a literature review are the minimum criteria for successful completion of the first independent study, with plans for a research methodology also highly recommended. An accepted completed thesis is the criteria for successful completion of the second and final independent study.

Department chairs are encouraged to assist qualified students in identifying an acceptable faculty member willing to serve as a coordinator. The faculty coordinator approves the successful completion of the first independent study. The faculty coordinator, department chair and the Dean (or his designee) approve completion of an acceptable final thesis.

The Honors Thesis Process

Once you select a faculty advisor, have your advisor contact Associate Dean Antonio Avalos and report that he or she agreed to serve as your honors thesis advisor and that you and the advisor have agreed on at least a general area of interest for your thesis. Dr. Avalos will promptly confirm your eligibility to do an honors thesis:

To obtain approval to participate, a student must be a senior in the semester of the first independent study, have at least a 3.5 overall GPA, and identify an acceptable research topic and faculty coordinator that is approved by the department chair and the Dean (or his designee).

When you have approval from Dr. Avalos, you can register for an independent study course (XXX 190) in the department of your business administration option or the economics major for 2 units. Please note: It is possible and permissible for your advisor to be from a different department in the Craig School of Business. So, for example, a student who is in the Accountancy option could have a Management faculty or Economics faculty member as an honors thesis advisor, but the student would register for 2 units of ACCT 190.

By registering for an independent study in the department of your option or major, we can readily allow you to use your independent study units to replace a 3-unit elective requirement toward your degree.  It is generally accepted in the Craig School of Business that successful completion of an honors thesis qualifies for replacement of one 3-unit elective in the business administration option or economics major, as long as the other electives applied toward the degree are "hard" course units, i.e., not internships or another independent study.

You should confirm that the completion of the honors thesis will qualify as an elective course replacement with the department chair for your option or major, or with Ms. Catherine Kuchar in the CSB Advising Center.

During the first semester of your honors thesis preparation, you should formalize your topic, research questions, and literature review. Toward the end of the semester, if you and your advisor agree that satisfactory progress has been made, you can register for a second XXX 190 independent study course for two units. During the second semester (or earlier), you should complete your data collection, do the analysis, write up your honors thesis, and hopefully present it at the Central California Research Symposium in April.

When your honors thesis has been accepted by your thesis advisor as complete and satisfactory, he or she should report the satisfactory completion to the Associate Dean. We will recognize your accomplishment at our annual awards ceremony and/or at the CSB Convocation.

For Questions, please call Dr. Antonio Avalos, Associate Dean, at (559) 278-2482 or email

Links to Abstracts and Presentation Slides for 2018 Honors Graduates:

Abstract for Honors Thesis of Robert Brisco

Presentation Slides for Thesis of Robert Brisco

Abstract for Thesis of Anoush Hakopyan

Presentation Slides for Thesis of Anoush Hakopyan

Abstract for Thesis of Brandon Sepulveda

Presentation Slides for Thesis of Brooke Weber