Experience conducting your own research at the undergraduate level while working with the guidance of a faculty mentor. Open up the possibilities of publishing and presenting your research; gain a leg up on graduate school applications.
A senior thesis is typically done over two semesters during your junior or senior year, resulting in a polished research paper. Students can either develop and conduct their own research project or do independent research on a faculty member’s project.
To begin a Senior Thesis you must have:
- Completed SOC 3111 (Research Methods) and SOC 3112 (Social Statistics)
- Received approval for your Senior Thesis project from a faculty member who will supervise and guide your research and writing
You can start your Senior Thesis in Spring, Summer or Fall semester.
- Enroll in one semester of SOC 3877 Senior Thesis Research 1
- Enroll in SOC 4877 Senior Thesis Research 2 during the second semester of your thesis research (not required, but strongly recommended)
NOTE: Some faculty mentors will only agree supervise a thesis if you commit to enrolling for two semesters. A polished written paper needs to be submitted for approval by your faculty mentor.
Opportunities for thesis writers
- Undergraduate Research Scholars Designation (URSD)
- Funding from the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP)
See information below for details on both opportunities.
After identifying a faculty mentor, please complete the application form with a brief description of your research project.