what is the average length of a senior thesis
Typically Senior Thesis credits will be earned in the second semester of the student’s senior year.
In the first (typically Fall) semester students should register for Research Lab credits. If the student has made sufficient progress to warrant proceeding to the Senior Thesis, then the student will register for PSY 48801 (Senior Thesis) in the second (typically Spring) semester, with the permission of the faculty mentor.
For the philosophy major who is serious about academics and ready for a significant challenge, there is an option of writing a senior thesis. The thesis should be a paper of about 15 to 20 pages that offers a careful investigation of some philosophical problem or some portion of the thought of a historical figure. The thesis is intended to be more in-depth and demanding than a typical paper for a course, and should contain original arguments and insights rather than simple summary or exposition.
The thesis itself is written under the supervision of an advisor over the period of one semester, during which the student is enrolled in PHIL 390. The Department strongly encourages students to choose a topic in an area in which they already have background through coursework and/or previous paper assignments. Completing a senior thesis is one of the requirements for attaining departmental High Distinction.