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, or, in the case of a year-long essay, in PLSC 490/491 or PLSC 490/493. The student is responsible for becoming familiar with the Department guidelines and requirements for the senior essay. That information is available here.

Fall 2023 Deadlines for Senior Essays

Seniors planning to write a one–semester essay in the spring 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 September 5, 2023, for students writing the essay in PLSC 480 and by September 7, 2023, for students writing it in a seminar.

All yearlong and fall semester senior essays are due by 4:00 pm on Friday, December 8, 2023.  This deadline applies to senior essays being written in a seminar, as well as essays written in PLSC 480, PLSC 491 and PLSC 493.

Rev. 06-20-23