Do you want to go to graduate school? Would you like to get experience doing research?
Conduct an independent research project under the guidance of a faculty mentor.
This 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 (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
- Funding from the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program
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 and the mentor’s signature. Submit the form and a copy of your transcript to the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Claudia Geist (scan the form or submit a hardcopy).