1. STYLE: You should consult with your committee members to determine your discipline's preferred documentation style, including the presentation of footnotes/endnotes and the manner in which references are to be cited.
2. MARGINS: When typing the original manuscript, stay will within these guides: Left -1.5 inches (this margin is extra wide because of the binding process); Right -1 inch; Top - 1 inch; Bottom - 1 inch.
3. PAGINATION: Page numbers should appear centered at the bottom of the page. Margins (listed above) should be outside the page number. The number should be separated from the text by approx. .5 inch.
Every sheet of paper in the manuscript should be numbered except for two: the title page not numbered (but counted as the first page-see below), and the optional copyright page is neither numbered not counted. Letter suffixes (e.g. 10a) may not be used.
Lower case Roman numerals are used for the preliminary pages, including the title page and acknowledgements page. Since the title page is counted but not numbered, "ii" is the first number used and appears on the page after the title and copyright pages.
Arabic numerals are used for all other manuscript pages. Begin with page number 1; pages with Arabic numerals should NOT continue numerically (e.g. from xii to 13).
4. ALL textual material should be double-spaced.
5. FONT: should not routinely be italic and should never be script or ornamental. Size should be equivalent to 10-point Arial or 12-point Times New Roman.
6. Long QUOTATIONS ;may be indented and single-spaced, although some disciplines prefer them to be indented and double-spaced.
7. FOOTNOTES/ENDNOTES should be single-spaced. Leave one blank line between notes.
The following items appear in the thesis in the order given. Note that items 1, 4, 5, and 9 are required and that the text of the thesis belongs between items 8 and 9.
1. The Thesis should include a title page that conforms precisely to the sample and instructions in Appendix A (below). The title page should include the month your degree is conferred (e.g. May 2014).
2. If you wish to include a copyright page (with or without paying the fee to register your copyright), it should appear as an unnumbered and uncounted page immediately following the title page. The copyright page should have the following information, centered and double-spaced:
[full name of author]
[year of degree awarded]
3. If the thesis contains the thesis Abstract, it should appear next. Your Abstract should be page-numbered in Roman numerals. The Abstract should be listed in the Table of Contents.
4. An Acknowledgments page must be included. In the final copy, it appears immediately before the table of contents. The dedication, if there is one, should close the acknowledgments. These are professional thanks to those whose support has contributed to your completing your thesis. You are expected to acknowledge sources of financial and academic support; external funding especially requires acknowledgment. You are permitted to thank those whose contribution has been personal, but you should do so in a professional style. Acknowledgments rarely take up more than one page.
5. The thesis should include a Table of Contents listing every subsequent section of the thesis, plus the Acknowledgments page that precedes it.
6. If the thesis contains tables, figures, illustrations, etc., a List of Tables (Figures, Illustrations, etc.) should be included, immediately following the Table of Contents. Note that such pictorial material may be laid out either vertically, as is the text of the thesis, or horizontally, with its bottom edge the outside edge of the page. Note also that pages devoted to tables, figures and illustrations should be counted and numbered like all other pages.
7. If the thesis includes a list of Abbreviations it should appear next.
8. The thesis might begin with an epigraph (a quotation from someone else's work); if there is an epigraph, it should appear on page 1 of the thesis, with the thesis text beginning on page 2. If the epigraph pertains only to the first chapter, it should appear between the chapter title and the chapter text.
9. The thesis should include a Bibliography or References or Works Cited section. Although this section is usually placed at the conclusion of the entire thesis, in some cases it might be appropriate to list sources at the end of each chapter. The Tables of Contents should clearly indicate where references are located.
10. Students wishing to include a C.V. should put it at the end.
APPENDIX A: TITLE PAGE INSTRUCTIONS AND SAMPLE
1. Give the correct name of the administrative unit in which you have been a student.
The formal, complete name of PNP is: Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology Program.
Department of Philosophy
2. List all the members of your Thesis Committee in the correct order, beginning with the primary advisor, identified as such, and proceeding with the others in alphabetical order by last name. Titles or degrees are not recommended, nor are departmental or institutional affiliation.
3. Use your full name.
4. Use the month and year in which your degree is to be conferred (not completed). Please note that degrees are conferred only in December, May, and August; use only one of these three on your title page. Do not put a comma between the month and the year.
5. Center everything on the page.
Everything not discussed above can be viewed upon request in the Philosophy library. We have copies of all past Honors Theses.