Your most challenging and rewarding academic experience
Every senior completes a thesis: an original, high-level scholarly or creative project conducted with the assistance of a faculty mentor. The thesis is meant to make a meaningful contribution to the storehouse of human knowledge; it also often serves as the first step toward a job or graduate study. A few recent theses:
- Disputing Development: The Politics of Progress on Kilimanjaro
- Electromagnetically Induced Transparency in Rubidium Vapor
- Embodying Music: What Feeling Can Tell Us About Musical Expression
- Experiences with Patient-Centered Education During Pregnancy and Childbirth
- Galactic Dark Matter and the Cosmic Microwave Background
- A Heideggerian Theory of Reference
- Literature, Vision and Reality: German Colonialism in Ober Ost, 1915–1918
- Quack to Hero: The Character of the Doctor in the 19th Century
- Translational Regulation of rpoS in Borrelia burgdorferi
Your four-year academic experience culminates with your senior thesis. In your final year, you’ll be expected to undertake a significant project, be it a research, service, performance or studio project. Within Bates culture, the senior thesis is an icon of academic rigor, and for students, completing the thesis is a great source of pride.
Intense research skills
The emphasis and exigency of our senior thesis program sets us apart from other undergraduate programs. Here, you’re expected to undertake independent research on a topic of considerable complexity. Beyond demanding an understanding of the subject area, its theoretical underpinnings and its research methodology, you must also draw on prior course work and research experience, as well as your creativity, self-discipline and time management skills.
Gaining experience through research and the articulation of your findings is a great way to clarify your career trajectory. Whether you’d like to expand your thesis during postgraduate study or apply your thesis to the real world in a corporate position, you’ll find that a Bates thesis carries a lot of weight in shaping your future.Next: Career Development Center