You might ask “what is a senior thesis” a senior thesis is a project that you take on your senior year of college (hence the word “senior”), where you do independent, original research to make your own claim in a particular field ( hence the word “thesis”) after 18 months of planning and hundreds of emails. Writing an empirical senior thesis middlebury college political science department fall 2015 a senior thesis is a serious undertaking – a major research project that will require countless hours of research, writing, and revising by the end of the three-term process, you should expect to produce a significant piece of social. The senior essay and the thesis every student who completes the major in comparative studies writes a senior essay or a thesis the essay or the thesis is completed in cs 4990, “senior seminar,” a writing workshop offered every spring in which students share drafts, present their work orally, and receive detailed. Alfred university writing center newsletter 2011-2012 it's that time of year again , kids senior thesis time if you decided not to write a thesis, you are probably laughing at those of us who did and i don't blame you it's a daunting word, “ thesis,” especially coupled with the word “senior,” which reminds me oh-so- clearly that i. “i am working with one of my favorite professors,” says rachel markon, a northwestern university senior currently pursuing her honors thesis in history “i was in a class with him last winter and it was the best history class i've taken his work isn't exactly in what i'm writing about, but it's within the same. Many schools now have a capstone requirement: a longer writing project ( sometimes called a senior thesis) to be done in your final year for some students this provides a golden opportunity to move to a more professional level of work in their chosen field but for others, this is a dreaded, seemingly. This longer writing and research project, often referred to as a senior thesis, can make or break students as the thought of a semester-long commitment is exciting and terrifying a senior thesis offers students an opportunity to truly take their education into their own hands, as students can write, research and. If i told myself last year (or any year in the past really) that i would be spending my senior year of college conducting independent research and writing a long ( very, very long) research paper, i would have been simultaneou.
Planning ahead for your thesis if at all possible, start your thesis research during the summer between your junior and senior year - or even earlier - with an internship, etc then work on filling in background material and lab work during the fall so that you're prepared to write and present your research during the spring. (honors college guide for writing the senior thesis. Here are the elements of a senior thesis paper, which is a large research project and written report to fulfill a graduation requirement.
Combined soc/lals majors, see note below you must be in good academic standing students on academic probation are not eligible to write a senior thesis a senior thesis is an honors-level option for the comprehensive requirement in the major students should be doing well in their sociology courses. The senior thesis is typically the most challenging writing project undertaken by undergraduate students the writing guides below aim to introduce students both to the specific methods and conventions of writing original research in their area of concentration and to effective writing process additional resources. Question and to make that question clear early on in your thesis, you need not -- in fact, probably can not -- begin the entire research and writing process with a question it takes a lot of work -- reading, talking with people, thinking -- to generate and focus your governing question 2 show your readers what leads you to pose.
Writing a senior thesis can be an incredibly enriching experience in writing a thesis you will get the chance to explore a question of your own design this question can be on a topic that has always interested you and intrigued you it can be on a question that you have wanted to study but haven't yet had the opportunity. Writing a thesis encourages the self-confidence and high ambitions that come from mastering a difficult challenge it fosters the development of specific skills and habits of mind that augur well for future success no wonder generations of graduates look back on the senior thesis as the most valuable academic component of.
Note: this is a long post, but so is the thesis writing process but stick with me we'll get through this together, i promise i have written three theses in the past four years i completed my undergraduate thesis in spring 2010, then my first master's in 2012, and then turned in my second master's thesis in the. A senior thesis can mean different things in different departments a chid senior thesis might be a lengthy paper—or a film, performance, or graphic novel in the department of classics, the thesis is always a paper (referred to as the “senior essay”), with as much emphasis on writing as content seniors in digital arts and.
Senior thesis with distinction we encourage all majors to write a thesis you can earn one of two levels of special recognition for your thesis: distinction or high distinction a departmental committee will determine the level of distinction on the basis of the oral examination, the conduct of the research, and the quality of the. Look for a topic that's both feasible and significant avoid the impossible, but also remember that this is the only senior thesis you will ever write don't blow it exploring a minor sidebar to the big story ii organization a good thesis has a thesis--a main line of argument, or a set of related arguments if your thesis lacks a. Here are some tips for those long, intimidating term papers or senior theses: start early if you don't, none of these tips will matter big trouble is looming if you don't have a specific topic by the end of the first week you should be delving into the sources during the second week keep in mind all of the dos and don'ts in this. Writing a senior honors thesis, or any major research essay, can seem daunting at first a thesis requires a reflective, multi-stage writing process this handout will walk you through those stages it is targeted at students in the humanities and social sciences, since their theses tend to involve more writing than projects in the.