Academic research is highly encouraged in the department, and many students in Slavic Studies do independent studies or write honors theses as part of their academic program. Writing an honors thesis and conducting individual studies are challenging and rewarding ways for students to tailor their education to their interests.

Students who choose to write honors theses in Slavic Studies often draw on research conducted abroad during study away or through internships in Russia. Topics of recent honors theses in the department include: an analysis of the sex-trafficking trade in Russia; women in the Russian Orthodox Church; and a linguistic analysis of tombstone carvings. Susana Hancock '07 was a finalist for the Oakes Ames Prize (a prestigious College award for the best honors thesis) for her work, "Gravestone Carvings: A Venerated Medium of the Intellectual and Spiritual Life of Seventeenth-Century New England" (2007).

Students interested in writing an honors thesis or doing an independent study should contact Andrea Lanoux, Chair of Slavic Studies, with questions and to discuss possible topics for independent work well in advance of the semester in which it is to be conducted.