Undergraduate Senior Essay

Guidelines and Requirements

One of the requirements of the Political Science major is the senior essay. All senior majors must complete and receive a passing grade on the essay in order to graduate. The essay can be written in a seminar or in PLSC 480 a or b, or, in the case of a year-long essay, in PLSC 490a/491b or PLSC 490a/493b. The student is responsible for becoming familiar with the Department guidelines and requirements for the senior essay. That information is available here:

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Deadlines for Senior Essays

Seniors planning to write a one–semester essay in the fall semester must submit a Fall Senior Essay Prospectus form signed by the faculty member who has agreed to advise the essay. The signed form is due by Monday, September 10, 2018 for students writing the essay in PLSC 480a and by Wednesday, September 12, 2018 for students writing it in a seminar.

The due date for all one–semester senior essays written in the fall semester is 4:00 p.m. on Friday, December 7, 2018.

Seniors planning to write a one–semester essay in the spring semester must submit a Spring Senior Essay Prospectus form signed by the faculty member who has agreed to advise the essay. The signed form is due by Wednesday, January 23, 2019 for students writing the essay in PLSC 480b and by Friday, January 25, 2019 for students writing it in a seminar.

The due date for two–semester essays and one–semester essays written in the spring semester is 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23, 2019.

Rev. 08-24-2018