Senior Seminar Projects
Students majoring in broad field social studies produce a senior thesis during the final semester of their college career. This capstone project involves research, writing, and an oral defense, similar to a master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation. In HIST 495: Senior Seminar, each student works closely with a research advisor. Two other professors also read and comment on the student’s thesis. If the student produces a research paper of exceptional quality, it will be filed in the senior seminar papers collection of the college library.
True to the interdisciplinary nature of the broad field social studies major, students must incorporate not only historical methodology but also other techniques drawn from one or more of the social sciences: economics, geography, political science, psychology, or sociology. In recent years, broad field social studies majors have successfully defended senior thesis papers on the following themes: