A senior thesis is a year-long research project developed with a faculty advisor that attempts to make a contribution to the field of American Studies.
The final project may take on a variety of forms, including a scholarly paper, narrative nonfiction essay, journalistic article or series of articles, documentary film, or museum exhibition; it can reflect personal interests and career goals. Many of our thesis writers have won UROP grants to support their thesis research.
The opportunity to write a Senior Thesis in American Studies is open to any major with a GPA of 3.5 or higher within the major as of January of their junior year. In exceptional circumstances students with a GPA below 3.5 may apply.
Writing a thesis is a chance to do original research and explore a topic of your choice, to develop a deeper relationship with a faculty member, and to put what you’ve learned as an American Studies major into practice. It is also a significant commitment. It requires an additional six credit hours of coursework on top of the 30 required for the major. You need a thesis if you want to earn departmental honors in American Studies, but you do not need one to satisfy the requirements for the major.
Feel free to talk over any ideas or questions you have with the Director of Undergraduate Studies or a potential advisor; American Studies thesis information sessions are held once each semester and open to all. Students wanting to pursue a senior thesis must submit applications to the DUS in April of their junior year.
Seniors Sarah Morris and Hannah Ashley on their UROP-funded research trips to San Francisco and Colorado over Fall Break 2015.