2023-2024 Departmental Honors Program Details & Application

2023-2024 Departmental Honors Program Details & Application

The UCLA Department of English Honors program involves either an academic research project or a creative writing project (e.g. a short novel, selection of short fiction, poetry, graphic novel).

Please note that students pursuing a creative project are expected to be completing the creative writing concentration (see details regarding workshop timing, below).


  • The Honors program is open to English and American Literature and Culture majors with at least a 3.5 grade point average in upper division work for the major and a 3.25 overall grade point average at UCLA.
  • All Honors students are also required to take at least one critical theory course (English 120-128) no later than the current winter 2023 term.
  • Creative Writing honors students must complete their final Concentration workshops no later than the spring 2023 term.
  • Note: Any students who do not yet meet the course requirements or GPAs, are encouraged to apply to the program and will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis by the program director.



  • Submit Honors Application by January 27, 2023 via the webform below.
  • Be prepared to upload a copy of (1) your statement of academic or creative interests (see instructions on webform) and (2) a current pdf of your default Degree Audit Report that includes fall 2022 grades.
    • The submission form includes instructions on how to obtain a PDF of your Degree Audit Report. Please be sure to run an audit for your Current Program and not for a Modelled Program.
  • Students planning to pursue an academic research project must also submit a writing sample (5-6 pages minimum) from an upper-division course in the major.
    • Creative writing concentration students who will be pursuing a creative project need not submit an academic writing sample.
  • During Winter 2023, read at least one Highest Honors thesis (past theses here)
  • Attend Winter Honors Open House, date and time TBA
  • The advising office will send a message to you in mid-March informing you of your English 191H seminar assignment for spring (see scheduling details below).



  • Spring 2023: 191H
    • The department will enroll students selected for the program in English 191H for spring 2023; students may not enroll themselves.
    • When selecting other spring courses, departmental honors students should plan for English 191H to take place on Wednesdays, 4 pm to 6:50 pm.
    • For students pursuing an academic research project, this course will be a research practicum designed to train them in archival, library, and Internet research skills, as well as apprise them of current methodological and theoretical issues in the field of literary studies.
    • For students pursuing a creative research project, this course will be a seminar to help them better understand the writing process (especially their own process), train them in library skills for creative writers, and help them situate their writing in the contemporary literary landscape.
    • Course requirements, Academic: a thesis proposal, short essays and oral presentations, a final 10-page paper related to the student’s research interests, and an annotated bibliography
    • Course requirements, Creative: a thesis proposal, weekly writings in the student’s genre, short essays, an annotated bibliography, and a book review.
  • Fall 2023 and Winter 2024: 198A and B
    • All Honors students subsequently write a thesis under the direction of a thesis advisor (198A and 198B) in the fall 2023 and winter 2024 terms.
    • Please start thinking of a possible faculty advisor who shares your research interests. You will select an advisor by the end of Spring 2023, with the help of the program director and the instructor of 191H.


Please direct question to the English Undergraduate Advising Office or contact the program director, Professor Sarah Kareem, at kareem@humnet.ucla.edu.


2023-2024 Departmental Honors Application Form

  • Students applying to complete a creative project MUST be actively pursuing the Creative Writing Concentration, and should plan to complete their third 136 or 137 workshop no later than Spring 2023.
  • Accepted file types: pdf, Max. file size: 50 MB.
    To create a PDF of your degree audit report, please run a fresh audit. Once you are viewing your audit, look for the "View/Download PDF" button highlighted in red and placed directly under the progress graphs towards the top of the page.
  • Accepted file types: pdf, Max. file size: 50 MB.
    Please include, when applicable, genres (novel, film, nonfiction prose, poetry, drama, creative writing, etc.); literary periods; critical perspectives; seminars taken; and your current ideas about a possible thesis project.
  • Accepted file types: pdf, Max. file size: 50 MB.
    Students pursuing a creative project alongside the creative writing concentration need not submit an academic writing sample.