Both SPA 498 and 499 are required to be eligible for Honors. Research and writing of the honors thesis begins in SPA 498 (in the spring of the junior year or the fall of the senior year) and is completed in SPA 499 during the last semester of the senior year. SPA 498 requires a thesis outline, annotated bibliography, progress reports, and an introductory chapter. An oral defense of the honors thesis proposal is held at the end of SPA 498. An oral presentation of the completed honors thesis is conducted at the end of SPA 499. Details of these requirements can be found on the department website.