Course: Senior Conference

In their critical senior theses, students mark out an area of interest focused on an author, text, genre, theme, or formal feature, familiarize themselves with the major critical voices and debates pertaining to this field, and identify a set of issues that they investigate and analyze in their essays. We look for well-written, persuasive essays that advance interesting and original arguments about texts and interpretations that are based on insightful close readings and smart engagement with relevant critical and background material.

Creative Writing concentrators produce, instead of the critical essay, a portfolio of poems or short stories, a novella, or a screenplay accompanied by a foreword or afterword that reflects on their artistic choices and offers an analytic framework within which the work may be understood.