The Senior Tutorial (or Senior Seminar) is year-long, graded SAT/UNS, and it culminates in the completion and submission of the senior honors thesis. By April of the junior year, students should discuss their intention to pursue a thesis with the Director of Undergraduate Studies, the Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies, and relevant faculty members. If the student elects to write a thesis at this point, he or she should be able to articulate a general topic and have some idea who might serve as effective advisers for the project. Students are expected to speak with possible thesis advisers near the end of their junior year and, if possible, line up thesis advisers for the senior year. Students need to have both a graduate student and a faculty adviser. The Director of Undergraduate Studies and the Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies often help in this process.
During the senior year students are expected to meet with their graduate student advisers about once a week to discuss work in progress. They meet with faculty advisers less often, usually once a month. In order to receive SAT in Religion 99 for the fall term, students must submit two draft chapters of their senior thesis. Submission and acceptance of the senior thesis fulfills the SAT requirement for Religion 99 for the spring term.
In addition to meeting with thesis advisers, which is a required part of Religion 99, senior thesis writers meet bi-weekly as a group to discuss and develop research and writing skills. This seminar is organized and run by the Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies.
Concentrators are encouraged to use these writing resources: