All students must complete a senior thesis in order to graduate, but don’t worry: Your faculty thesis advisor will guide you in your research, assist you with research techniques, and help you hone your presentation skills. It’s not going to be easy. But it is going to help you graduate challenged, curious, competent, and confident. According to the Association of American Colleges and Universities, “capstone projects” like the senior thesis are among the 10 educational practices with the highest impact.
That cause you’re passionate about? That topic you can’t learn enough about? Start digging. Carthage is one of the few schools in the country to require a senior thesis. This is your chance to apply everything you’ve learned over the previous three years. Your senior thesis can take the form of a research project, art exhibit, music recital, portfolio, or better yet, something no one has ever seen before — including you.
Undergraduate Research Program
Prepared under the close supervision of a faculty thesis director, a senior thesis presents the results of independent research or creative projects. Unlike most term projects, papers and lab reports written in undergraduate courses, the Senior Thesis address questions or issues for which no known or generally accepted answers exist. The goal of the thesis is to contribute something original and valuable to the scholarly, scientific, and/or artistic community. Students who are writing a thesis enroll in UNIV 401 & 402 during their senior year, and are generally awarded either a Degree with Distinction or an Honors Degree with Distinction after the successful defense of their theses.