Senior Thesis

Undergraduate students have the option of writing a senior thesis. This is wonderful way for you to deepen your learning and to experience the excitement of conducting independent, original research.

The thesis is done under supervision of a faculty member (and a graduate student), with whom you should meet regularly.

While there are variations, the most common practice is for the thesis to involve both fall and spring semesters of senior year and to earn 6 credits.

In many cases you should begin planning during your junior year, by enrolling in Learning How to Ask: Preparing for Fieldwork. This will give you guidance in developing a proposal, applying for funding and Institutional Research Board (IRB) approval, and anticipating your research. Some students conduct field research during the summer prior to their senior year.

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